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SA vs Ind 1st Test Stats Review: Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to win two Test matches on South African soil

KL Rahul won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant 113 run knock in the 1st innings.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 31 December 2021 9:52 pm

India have ended 2021 on a high by defeating South Africa on their fortress Centurion by a margin of 113 runs. India’s pace trio Bumrah, Shami and Siraj were phenomenal against the Proteas batting attack. Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma were playing very well in first 10 overs of the day but once again the in form bowler Bumrah gave an important breakthrough by picking the crucial wicket of Elgar and ended hopes of South African team. South Africa innings got wrapped up as soon as Quinton de Kock was dismissed by Siraj and India recorded their 4th Test win in SENA Countries in 2021. KL Rahul won Man of the Match award for his brilliant 113 run knock in the 1st innings.

Let us have a look at Numbers and Stats from SA vs Ind 1st Test, Day-5 :

2 – Virat Kohli has become 1st Indian Captain to win 2 Test matches on South African soil.

2 – KL Rahul becomes 2nd Indian player after Rishabh Pant to win 2 MoM awards in Test cricket in 2021.

3 – South Africa have lost only their 3rd Test match in Centurion venue.

South Africa’s Test record at Centurion:
Matches – 27
Wins – 21
Draws – 3
Lost – 3

Three teams that defeated SA at Centurion:
England in 2000
Australia in 2014
India in 2021

3 – Virat Kohli as Captain won 3 Test matches in SENA countries in 2021.

Most Tests won by an Asian captain in SENA country in a calendar year:
Virat Kohli – 4 in 2018
MAK Pataudi – 3 in 1968
Virat Kohli – 3 in 2021

Instances of India winning four Test matches in SENA

India in 2018
– Defeated South Africa in Johannesburg
– Defeated England in Nottingham
– Defeated Australia in Adelaide & Melbourne Cricket Ground

India in 2021

– Defeated Australia in Brisbane (Gabba)
– Defeated England in Lord’s & The Oval
– Defeated South Africa in Centurion

8 – India has won most Test matches (8) in the year 2021.

8 – Virat Kohli has won 8 Test matches & 17 international matches as captain against South Africa.

Most Test wins as captain against South Africa:
Virat Kohli – 8
Ricky Ponting – 8
Lindsay Hassett / Joe Root – 6

Most international wins as captain against South Africa:
Ricky Ponting – 26
Virat Kohli – 17
MS Dhoni – 16


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