India tour of South Africa (Jan-Feb 2018)
India is all set to tour South Africa in the month of January to play three-match test series. The visitors led by Virat Kohli are in great form as they yet to face in series defeat since 2015. Virat Kohli has marked series in South Africa as important series to make sure they produce positive results as a side away from home. The Indian brigade last visited South Africa in 2013 for two-match Test series which was won by South Africa by 1-0. India has not won a series in South Africa but they did manage to win their first game in South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg in 2006-7 series. The second victory came four years later at Kingsmead, Durban in 2010.
The overall between India and South Africa in Test cricket is quite a close one as 33 games have been played till now. South Africa has won 13 games while India has come on top in 10 games with 10 turning out to be draws. In South Africa, hosts South Africa have considerable over the hosts with 8 wins to their name from 17 matches. India has only been victorious on two occasions.
South Africa have not enjoyed success in the year 2017 but would be keen to make amends for their failures in 2018. South Africa’s Test captain Faf du Plessis will make his side is up to the task in the series against India. Du Plessis has led his side well despite poor series in England and is certainly about helping South Africa scale new heights in Test cricket.
AB de Villiers also makes a return to the side after a long hiatus from the five-day format. De Villiers would certainly provide more stealth in the middle order that has looked frail at times against top quality teams during this period.
Dean Elgar has produced runs at a consistency required by South Africa at the top of the order. He will pair alongside talented Aiden Markram who has made an impression at the international level. Markram already has three centuries in short period of time including two centuries against Bangladesh scored in two-match series played in September. Faf du Plessis also needs runs with the bat as captain has not been to produce big scores since taking over the reigns as full-time captain.
Hashim Amla has been steady in the five-day format and must raise his game for South Africa against India and then Australia who will tour South Africa in the coming months. Amla has been inconsistent and needs to find his purple patch to help South Africa taste success in the longer format of the game.
Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock have been consistent at no.5 and no.6 respectively in the batting order. Bavuma has chipped in with many half-centuries but would need to convert them into big ones. de Kock has already over 1,500 runs with three centuries in Test cricket and would certainly produce big runs for South Africa in the future. Bavuma could certainly himself on the bench if de Villiers is included in the lineup for the one-off test against Zimbabwe.
India, on the other hand, has picked for six pace bowlers for the tour with reserve opener in Murali Vijay. Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rohit Sharma have been in splendid form while Ajinkya Rahane will have to step up after a lean run he suffered against Sri Lanka in the three test matches played at home.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin are premier spinners for the side while Hardik Pandya is the first-choice all-rounder for the side.
South Africa Vs India 2018 Schedule
1st Test –South Africa vs India
Friday, Jan 5, 2017, at 08:30 GMT
2nd Test – South Africa vs India
Saturday, Jan 13, 2017, at 08:30 GMT
3rd Test– South Africa vs India
Wednesday, Jan 24, 2017, at 08:00 GMT
1st ODI – South Africa vs India
Thursday, Feb 1, 2017, at 11:00 GMT
2nd ODI – South Africa vs India
Sunday, Feb 4, 2017, at 08:00 GMT
3rd ODI– South Africa vs India
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2017, at 11:00 GMT
4th ODI– South Africa vs India
Saturday, Feb 10, 2017, at 11:00 GMT
5th ODI– South Africa vs India
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2017, at 11:00 GMT
6th ODI– South Africa vs India
Friday, Feb 16, 2017, at 11:00 GMT
1st T20– South Africa vs India
Sunday, Feb 18, 2017, at 12:30 GMT
2nd T20– South Africa vs India
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2017, at 16:00 GMT
3rd T20– South Africa vs India
Sunday, Feb 24, 2017, at 16:00 GMT