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India will start as clear favourites ahead of the 2nd Test match against South Africa but will be interesting to see if the Proteas side can put any pressure on the Indian side (or) not.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 3 January 2022 10:23 am

India after a resounding victory on Centurion will play the 2nd Test match at Johannesburg with the aim of sealing the Test series for the first time on South African soil. South Africa have faced another setback before the start of the 2nd Test match as Quinton de Kock has announced his retirement just after the 2021 boxing day match. Since 2018, the Indian pace bowling attack is on a different level in overseas conditions which has helped them to win a lot of Test matches in tough SENA countries. South Africa need a batsman like Bavuma, Elgar to step up to counter the pace attack of India and provide a competitive game for team India. India will start as clear favourites ahead of the 2nd Test match against South Africa but will be interesting to see if the Proteas side can put any pressure on the Indian side (or) not.

Numbers and Stats ahead of SA vs India 2nd Test match:

0 – India haven’t lost a single Test match at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. India have played 5 Test matches in the venue and have won 2 matches out of it, while the remaining 3 Test matches have ended in a draw.

2 – Duanne Olivier needs 2 more wickets to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket.

6 – Ravichandran Ashwin needs 6 more wickets to surpass Kapil Dev (434 Test wickets) and become the 2nd highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket.

6 – Virat Kohli needs 146 more runs to become the 6th Indian player to complete 8000 runs in Test Cricket.

13 – Ajinkya Rahane needs 137 more runs to become the 13th Indian player to complete 5000 runs in Test cricket.

24 – KL Rahul needs 193 more runs to become the 24th Indian player to complete 6000 runs in International cricket.

26 – If Ishant Sharma gets to play in the XI then he will become the 26th Indian player to play 200 matches in International cricket.

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