India and South Africa Test Series Statistical Highlights: Virender Sehwag's 319 Still a Record
India and South Africa will feature in a four-Test cricket series starting in Mohali on November 5. Virender Sehwag is among the highest run-getters in Tests played between the two nations.
Having already clinched the Twenty20 and ODI series in this marathon 72-day tour of India, South Africa are ahead on numbers as far as statistics are concerned. India and South Africa have played 11 Test series and the upcoming four-Test series would be the 12 series between the two teams. This is the second occasion the two teams will be clashing in a four-test series. The first one was played in 1992-93 in South Africa. (No Bad Blood in Indian Dressing Room for Opening Slot in Tests: Lokesh Rahul)
Mohali will host the first Test from November 5. Bangalore, Nagpur and Delhi will be the other venues. South Africa have won six of the 11 Test series against India, who have twice. Three series ended in a draw. (Hashim Amla's Form Not a Cause of Concern: Russell Domingo)
India and South Africa have played 29 Tests so far. India have won seven Tests, South Africa 13 and nine Tests have ended in draws.
India, South Africa's Highest and Lowest
India's 627 at Chennai in March 2008 is their highest team total against South Africa and also provides the only occasion of India posting a total of 500-plus runs against South Africa. South Africa have posted 500-plus total on eight occasions against India and their 643 for 6 declared at Kolkata in March 2010 is their best.
Against South Africa, India have been dismissed for a total of less than 100 twice, while South Africa have been all out for less than 100 only once. India's lowest total against South Africa is 66 at Durban in December 1996, while South Africa's lowest against India is 84 at Johannesburg in December 1996.
The Men With 1000-Plus Runs
Three Indian batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar (1741), Virender Sehwag (1306) and Rahul Dravid (1252) -- have scored 1000-plus runs against South Africa. Two South African batsmen - Jacques Kallis (1734) and Hashim Amla (1207) have also scored 1000-plus runs against India. Tendulkar's 1741 runs is the highest aggregate by a batsman in India-South Africa Test series.
As many as 25 centuries have been scored by Indian batsmen against South Africa. Recently-retired Sehwag's 319 at Chennai in March 2008 is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa.
Tendulkar, Mr Maximum
Tendulkar has scored most centuries against South Africa. He has scored seven centuries. There are 11 occasions of an Indian batsman's century in a losing cause against South Africa. Tendulkar has witnessed four of his centuries going in vain against the Proteas.
Tendulkar -- 169 at Cape Town in January 1997 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- 132 not out in Kolkata in February 2010 are the two Indian captains to score centuries against South Africa. Dhoni's 132 is the only instance of Indian wicket-keeper batsman scoring a century against South Africa.
Kepler Wessels - 118 at Durban in November 1992 is the only South African captain to score a century against India. AB de Villiers - 103 at Johannesburg is the only South African keeper-batsman to score a century against India.
Three South African Double Hundreds
As many as 33 centuries have been scored by South African batsmen against India. This includes three double centuries. Amla (253 not out at Nagpur in February 2010), De Villiers (217 not out at Ahmedabad in April 2008) and Herschele Gibbs (201 not out at Centurion in December 2010) are the three batsmen who have scored double centuries.
Amla's 253 is the highest individual score by a South African batsman against India. Kallis, with seven centuries, holds the record for most hundreds by a South African batsman against India. There are four occasions of a South African batsman's century in a losing cause against India.
(With inputs from HR Gopala Krishna)