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From Mohammad Azharuddin to Virat Kohli, ‘all these’ captains failed to win the Test series on South African soil, know everyone’s report card

-Vinay Kumar

In the final match of the latest 3-match series between India and South Africa (India vs South Africa Test Series), South Africa won the series by 7 wickets at Cape Town and raised their flag 2-1 on the series. Remind you that the first match of this series was played in Centurion (Centurion Test India vs South Africa, 2021), in which India defeated South Africa by 113 runs. After that, in the second Test match played at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg, South Africa won by 7 wickets. And now, on Friday, 14 January, South Africa won the third and final Test match by 7 wickets.

With this defeat, India’s dream of winning a Test series on South African soil was once again shattered. The history of Test cricket tells that before this, India had played a Test series 7 times in the tour of South Africa. Team India had to face defeat in all the series except the series played under the command of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2010-11. Only once under the captaincy of Dhoni, India’s team did not lose to South Africa on their soil, but the series was drawn 1-1. Let’s know, the history of the Test series played in India’s tour of South Africa-

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1. Mohammad Azharuddin (Mohammad Azharuddin 1992-93)

Under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin, the Indian team went to South Africa in 1992-93, in which a 4-match Test series was played (South Africa vs India Test Series). In this series, South Africa beat India 1-0. Test matches played in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town were drawn in that tour. Yes, South Africa defeated India by 9 wickets in the Port Elizabeth Test Match.

2. Sachin Tendulkar 1996-97

After Mohammad Azharuddin, Team India toured South Africa in 1996-97 under the captaincy of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. A 3-match Test series was played between the two countries in that tour. South Africa defeated the Indian team 2-0 in that series. India were defeated in the matches played in Durban and Cape Town, while the match played in Johannesburg ended in a draw.

3. Sourav Ganguly 2001-02

In the year 2001-02, Team India toured South Africa under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. A series of 2 test matches was played between the two countries on that tour. South Africa won this series 1-0. In the first match played in Bloemfontein, South Africa won by 9 wickets. At the same time, the second match of that Test series was played in Port Elizabeth (India vs South Africa), which was drawn.

4. Rahul Dravid 2006-07 Captain

The history of Test cricket tells that in the year 2006-07, Team India toured South Africa under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. India started that tour with a win. In the first match played at Johannesburg, Team India won by 123 runs. It was India’s first Test victory on South African soil. After this, India was defeated in the matches played in Durban and Cape Town.

5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Captain 2010-11

In the year 2010-11, Team India toured South Africa under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Significantly, it was the only tour in which Team India did not lose the series. The 3-match Test series was tied with a 1-1 win. Let us remind you that taking revenge for the defeat at the Centurion ground, Team India defeated South Africa by 87 runs in the match of Durban. And, that third match, which was played at the Cape Town ground, ended in a draw.

6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Captain 2013-14

Team India once again went on a tour of South Africa in the year 2013-14 under Dhoni’s command, after the South Africa series was drawn on the first under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Mahendra Singh Dhoni Captain vs South Africa), in which both countries There was a series of 2 test matches between In that series, South Africa defeated the Indian team 1-0. The first test match played at the Johannesburg ground did not yield results. After that in the second test match played in Durban, South Africa defeated Team India by 10 wickets.

7. Virat Kohli Captain 2017-18

The history of Test cricket tells that under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India toured South Africa for the first time in the year 2017-18. In this tour, there was a series of 3 test matches between the two countries. In which the Indian team had to face defeat by 2-1. Team India was defeated in the matches played in the grounds of Cape Town and Centurion. Whereas, in the match played at Johannesburg, India defeated South Africa by 63 runs.

Bhagyashree Soni
Bhagyashree Soni is a software engineer with soft writing skills. She is a degree holder from the International School of Entrepreneurial Leadership. She has been a state-level badminton champion and chess player. A woman with a forthright attitude enjoys her writing passion as her chosen career. Writing in the context of feminism, social cause and entrepreneurship is her forte.
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