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SA vs IND 2nd Test Stats Review (Day 1 & 2): Shardul Thakur records best bowling figure for an Indian on South Africa soil

Shardul Thakur's spell on Day 2 has put the Men in Blue on the brim of history. Not only do they lead the series 1-0 but have a real chance at clinching the series by winning the ongoing Test in Johannesburg.

Sudharshan Sridharan Author

Updated - 5 January 2022 12:22 pm

While South Africa started Day 2 of the ongoing second Test against India at the Wanderers Stadium on 35/1, they ended up taking of lead of 27 runs with the help of a classy knock from Keegan Petersen’s 62 and Temba Bavuma’s 51 respectively. South Africa despite a good second wicket partnership couldn’t take a big lead as Shardul Thakur stunned the Proteas batting line-up with his terrific bowling attack as he ended up picking 7 wickets in the innings. India ended Day-2 on a positive note by scoring 85/2 in the 2nd innings with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane looking very confident. Pujara was scoring quick runs unlike him as he smashed 7 boundaries and remained unbeaten on 35 in his 42 ball knock.

Numbers and Stats from Day-1 & 2 of SA vs Ind 2nd Test match:

1 – Ajinkya Rahane recorded the first golden duck in his Test Cricket Career during 1st innings of the match. Keegan Petersen recorded his maiden fifty-plus score in Test Cricket. Shardul Thakur recorded his first five-wicket haul in Test Cricket.

3 – Mohammed Shami took 31 Test wickets and became the 3rd highest wicket-taker by an Indian bowler on South Africa Soil.

Most Test wickets by an Indian on SA Soil:

Anil Kumble – 45
Javagal Srinath – 43
Mohammed Shami – 31
Zaheer Khan – 30
S.Sreesanth – 27

4 – Rishabh Pant became 4th Indian Player to complete 100 catches as Wicket-Keeper.

6 – Shardul Thakur became the 6th Indian bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in The Wanderers, Johannesburg Stadium.

7/61 – Shardul Thakur has recorded the best-ever bowling figure for an Indian bowler on South African soil. In addition, Thakur’s 7/61 is the best bowling figure for an Indian bowler against South Africa in Test Cricket.

Best bowling figure by an Indian bowler on South Africa soil:

Shardul Thakur -7/61 in Johannesburg, 2022
Harbhajan Singh – 7/120 in Cape Town, 2011
Anil Kumble – 6/53 in Johannesburg, 1992

Best bowling figure by an Indian bowler against South Africa in Test Cricket:

Shardul Thakur – 7/61 in Johannesburg, 2022
Ravichandran Ashwin – 7/66 in Nagpur, 2015
Harbhajan Singh – 7/87 in Kolkata, 2004

8 – KL Rahul became the 8th Indian player to smash fifty-plus score in his debut innings as Captain in Test Cricket.  Rahul also became only the 8th opening batsman to captain team India in Test Cricket.

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