Following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Team India are now preparing for the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home. This is among the many series, which is being seen as a preparation for the T20 World Cup 2022 later in the year. India and South Africa have so far taken on each other in 15 matches, with India winning nine and South Africa six. Surprisingly, the Men in Blue have a poor record at home against the Proteas in the T20 format. Out of four matches, they have won only one and lost three. A few records can be created and broken during the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa. Here’s a look at some.
1. Most successive T20I wins
India can break a massive record if they beat South Africa in the first T20I of the five-match series in Delhi. With a victory at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, India will become the team with the most successive T20I wins. Currently, they hold the record with Afghanistan and Romania (12 wins each). India’s winning streak began during the T20 World Cup last year. After defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand, they got the better of Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia in consecutive games. Since then, they have registered 3-0 wins against New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka, all at home. Afghanistan’s winning stretch was from February 2018 to September 2019, and Romania’s from October 2020 to September 2021.
2. Bhuvneshwar can become the leading wicket-taker in IND-SA T20Is
Team India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs three scalps to become the leading wicket-taker in India vs South Africa T20Is. The 32-year-old has so far claimed eight wickets in six matches at an average of 19.12 and an economy rate of 7.28. He has claimed a five-wicket haul as well against the Proteas in the format, with a best of 5/24. Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the current record holder for the most wickets in India vs South Africa T20Is. He has claimed 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 16.50 and an economy rate of 6.87.
3. Chahal two scalps away from 70 T20I wickets
Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is already the leading wicket-taker for the Men in Blue in T20Is. In 54 matches, he has picked up 68 wickets at an average of 25.33 and an economy rate of 8.18. If he claims two wickets during the upcoming T20I series against South Africa, he will become the first Indian bowler to have picked up 70 or more wickets for India in the format. Apart from the leggie, only two other Indian bowlers have more than 60 scalps in T20Is – Jasprit Bumrah (67 from 57 matches) and Ashwin (61 from 51 matches).
4. KL Rahul 169 runs away from 2000 T20I runs
Team India’s captain for the series, KL Rahul, needs 169 runs to become the third Indian to score 2000 or more T20I runs. Rahul presently has 1831 runs from 56 matches at an average of 40.68 and a strike rate of 142.49. Only Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have scored more runs for India in T20I cricket than Rahul. Rohit is the all-time leading T20I run-getter, with 3313 runs in 125 matches at an average of 32.48 and a strike rate of 139.55. He has four hundreds to his credit. Kohli is third on the overall list, with 3296 runs in 97 matches at an average of 51.50.
5. Kagiso Rabada one wicket away from 50 T20I wickets
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada needs one wicket to complete 50 T20I scalps. In 40 matches so far, Rabada has 49 wickets at an average of 25.40 and an economy rate of 8.57. Among South Africans, Dale Steyn is the leading wicket-taker in the format. He has claimed 64 wickets in 47 matches. Imran Tahir has claimed 63 from 38 and Tabraiz Shamsi 57 from 47.