India in South Africa 2010-11 January 7, 2011

South Africa take the stats honours

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Although India achieved a creditable draw, South Africa finished with the better numbers in the series
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Despite the last day in Cape Town being anticlimactic, the three-Test series was a pulsating one, and the 1-1 result was probably a fair indication of how well matched the two sides were. India's meek surrender and South Africa's complete domination in the first Test was followed by a superlative response by VVS Laxman and the Indian bowlers in the Boxing Day Test in Durban, a venue where India had not won a single Test. The last match belonged to Jacques Kallis, with twin centuries enabling the hosts to wriggle out of a tricky situation.

For South Africa, it meant another series where they haven't been able to force a win. They have generally been a dominant side at home, but their recent results have been disappointing. They have not won a single series at home since their win over Bangladesh in 2008. A loss against Australia in early 2009 was followed by a tight contest against England. The series ended 1-1 after England managed to squeeze out draws after being nine down in the first and third Tests.

For India, on the other hand, the series was a huge improvement on their previous results in South Africa. They did not win a single Test in their first three series in South Africa. While the gulf between the two teams was not huge in the first ever series in 1992-93, India were thoroughly outclassed on the next two tours. They triumphed in a Test in South Africa for the first time on their fourth trip in 2006-07, but went on to lose a close series 2-1. This time, India showed far more fight, though the margin of defeat in Centurion meant South Africa's numbers were much better than India's across the three matches.

Performance of two teams in all series in South Africa (Runs per wicket)
Series India South Africa Difference (runs/wicket)
1992-93 25.03 33.22 8.19
1996-97 24.01 35.84 11.83
2001-02 31.00 46.61 15.61
2006-07 24.78 29.03 4.25
2010-11 29.39 37.93 8.54

South Africa's top-class pace attack

With all three pitches helping seam and swing, the performances of the fast bowlers were key in this series. While Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel destroyed India in Centurion, the Indian bowlers led by Sreesanth came back strongly in Durban. Overall, though, the South African fast bowlers were far better. Steyn was by far the best bowler on either side, picking up 21 wickets at just over 17 with two five-wicket hauls. Morkel, who ran through India in the first Test, troubled most batsmen with steep bounce and pace, and was unlucky not to finish with more wickets. Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up important wickets at times, though he averaged nearly 49.

Zaheer Khan, who missed the first Test, wasn't quite in top form, but still managed ten wickets. Sreesanth, who picked up his second five-wicket haul in South Africa in Durban, was quite inconsistent, though. Ishant Sharma was the biggest disappointment for India, finishing with just seven wickets at an average over 48.

In the spin department, though, Harbhajan Singh was excellent. He picked up 15 wickets in the series, including his best away figures of 7 for 120 in the third Test. The South African specialist spinner, Paul Harris, was never really threatening, picking up just four wickets at over 64.

Performance of Indian and South African fast bowlers
Team Wickets Average Strike rate 5WI 10WM
India 26 40.76 68.6 1 0
South Africa 46 26.26 50.3 3 0

Super Steyn

Steyn's record against India has been exceptional and he proved this once again with a stunning display. His genuine pace and movement made it extremely difficult for any batsman to handle him effectively. He dismissed Virender Sehwag three times in six innings, preventing India from getting away to good starts. He also accounted for Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni on more than one occasion.

Indian batsmen against Dale Steyn
Batsman Runs scored Balls faced 4s 6s Dismissals
Virender Sehwag 49 91 8 0 3
Sachin Tendulkar 70 166 9 0 2
Rahul Dravid 26 68 3 0 1
Gautam Gambhir 61 120 7 0 2
VVS Laxman 32 66 3 1 3
MS Dhoni 46 67 7 1 3

Harbhajan's improved display

Harbhajan was India's leading wicket-taker, with spells of 4 for 10 in Durban and 7 for 120 in the third Test in Cape Town. Alviro Petersen fell to him three times and Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla twice each. Kallis played him superbly throughout, though, even employing the reverse sweep on occasions to counter the turn. Kallis, the top run-getter in the series with 498 runs, was not dismissed even once by Harbhajan in the three matches.

South African batsmen against Harbhajan Singh
Batsman Runs scored Balls faced 4s 6s Dismissals
Jacques Kallis 147 251 5 0 0
AB de Villers 81 153 5 2 1
Hashim Amla 46 93 2 1 2
Ashwell Prince 40 106 4 0 0
Graeme Smith 25 34 5 0 2
Alviro Petersen 24 30 1 1 3

India's best in away wins

Laxman, with his 96 in the second innings in Durban, helped set up another Indian away win. He has made ten fifty-plus scores in Indian away wins (matches not involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) since 2000, a record he shares with Rahul Dravid. His average in away wins is second only to Dravid's 64.77. However, his performance in the team second innings in wins is unmatched; he has five fifty-plus scores, followed by Dravid who has three.

Best Indian batsmen in away wins since 2000 (matches not involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe)
Batsman Matches Runs Average 100 50
Rahul Dravid 14 1425 64.77 3 7
VVS Laxman 13 1099 57.84 2 8
Sachin Tendulkar 12 1087 57.21 4 3
Virender Sehwag 11 965 56.76 3 1
Sourav Ganguly 9 617 51.41 1 5

South Africa dominate batting

South Africa were the better batting unit in the series with four century stands and eight fifty partnerships. India, on the other hand, had a far tougher time stringing up partnerships, and the middle order (wickets 4 to 6) failed to put on a single fifty stand. The lower order however was effective, contributing vital runs in the second and third Tests. The Indian opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Sehwag were less successful this time with just one century stand in four innings. Dravid had a poor series, averaging just 20. Except in the second innings of the final Test when he put on 79 with Gambhir, he was not involved in a single fifty-plus stand.

Kallis' superb form meant that he was involved in three of the four century stands for South Africa. He was involved in two 200-plus stands with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. The opening pair of Smith and Petersen was quite successful, averaging over 52 with one century and two half-century stands.

Partnership stats of both teams
Team Average Highest 100s 50s
South Africa(wickets 1-3) 46.93 230 2 4
India (wickets 1-3) 38.44 176 2 1
South Africa (wickets 4-6) 42.38 224 1 2
India (wickets 4-6) 24.40 48 0 0
South Africa (wickets 7-10) 25.87 103 1 2
India (wickets 7-10) 25.00 172 1 2

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  • sameer997 on January 11, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Nice stats it really impresses me the way u guyz show this information

  • on January 10, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    india need bowler like Irfan or Agarkar to support Zahir....

  • shovwar on January 10, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    SA still holds the Ind vs SA test contest because the last time India visited SA they lost 2-1...and after that SA visited India twice but India failed to win the series...and a draw in this series means its a 5-4 for SA...India are still yet to beat SA and they could not prove they are better than SA....Maybe India are a better team than before but still not better than SA....Come on they drawn the series arent they the no.1 side? That means SA are equally no.1......They played less test than India thats why they have less points ...check the ranking stats.........In my view They are both the best teams in the world...With SA looking a bit more dangerous......

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    @akelumw.... southafrica drawn a series at home... accept it... remove first and second test and anyalse the just third test...(1) runs per wicket... SA 35.15 and IND 40.77... difference 5.62.... (2)bowling.. SA.. 11 Wickets at an average 45.64 and strike rate 108.64... INDIA.. 20 wickets at an average of 34.45 and strike rate 64.15... now what do yoy say.... which is the better team in last test...

  • on January 9, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    how can we say INDIA was outplayed by SA in 3rd test...we outplayed them in first innings and they scored above 300in the second..ok dats fine...but we were replying...only gave out three.we didnt collapse...dats y we are number one...1st test was a failure..ok admitted..After that we adapted to the conditions...Every time i read,i can see the statemnt "india is depending on some players"....then wat abt SA they are worshiping steyn and kallis...but indians pulled in the games wth bhaji,laxman,sreesanth,zaheer,sachin...everybdy put their hands up.... stll sticking the old sayings..huh..it wnt be admitted anymore..we are happy vth the balanced performance by INDIA..go INDIA...go

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    how you tell shrishant a leader only one 5 wkt then what he done? indian selectors still ignore Munaf required some accurecy in test and Munaf have that one.

  • Shoobhit on January 9, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    all seem hunky dorry for indian fans. no doubt series was a close one; but what saved india was not laxman, nor sachin or anyone else but LUCK in the form of some erroneous umpiring. how can one forget wickets of AB and Bouchy at such a crucial juncture. Further, Zaheer plumb given not out

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 9, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Funny. Ind won a crucial toss in the third test and bowled first in cloudy, damp conditions and so many whiners seemed to have banished that from their memory. Give credit where it is due. SA played their best cricket in the first test and there can be no excuses for a 2 innings to 1 loss. Ind played much better after that but they definitely didn't outplay SA in the 3rd test. They were set an improbable 340 to win and were just about out of the contest before the 5th day even started. They only clawed even on the 5th day by losing only 3 wickets.

  • on January 8, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Always, Every body says India is good only on sub continental picthes. But doesn't it also mean other countries are not competetive enough on sub continental pitches? So why not we say SA and England are not good teams as they are not comptetive on Indian pitches. They are not good enough on testing conditions. As long as they are not good in India, they shouldn't be qualified for No1 Spot. What do u says guys? Is my argument invalid? Cricket is cricket every where whether it is Indian pitches or England pitches.

  • akelumw on January 8, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna, @Sajinu Nangariyil, Why? 1st test wasn't a part of the test series to remove from the stats? You wanna remove the numbers of the test which was not in ur favor and do stats again. Ridiculous I'm surprised that why you haven't come up with an idea to REMOVE OR ANNUL THE RESULT OF THE 1ST TEST AND THEN CALL INDIA AS THE WINNER OF THE SERIES. If a SA fan ask to remove the 2nd test & do stats, what would u say?

    @Rajesh Singh don't u remember SA bowled India out for 78 @Ahmadabad & beat them by an innings there & @ Kanpur in 2010 on Indian home conditions as well. If so with only 01 match how u concluded INDIA WAS BETTER TEAM @hindh88 how do u remember those 2 matches mentioned up - KNOCK OUT, humiliated, humbled or what else? @The_Professor - It was India who couldn't break the partnership of Kallis & Boucher. So it was Indian inability to break it but nothing else. drop the word of "IF" once u couldn't do something because of the inability of your own.

  • sameer997 on January 11, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Nice stats it really impresses me the way u guyz show this information

  • on January 10, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    india need bowler like Irfan or Agarkar to support Zahir....

  • shovwar on January 10, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    SA still holds the Ind vs SA test contest because the last time India visited SA they lost 2-1...and after that SA visited India twice but India failed to win the series...and a draw in this series means its a 5-4 for SA...India are still yet to beat SA and they could not prove they are better than SA....Maybe India are a better team than before but still not better than SA....Come on they drawn the series arent they the no.1 side? That means SA are equally no.1......They played less test than India thats why they have less points ...check the ranking stats.........In my view They are both the best teams in the world...With SA looking a bit more dangerous......

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    @akelumw.... southafrica drawn a series at home... accept it... remove first and second test and anyalse the just third test...(1) runs per wicket... SA 35.15 and IND 40.77... difference 5.62.... (2)bowling.. SA.. 11 Wickets at an average 45.64 and strike rate 108.64... INDIA.. 20 wickets at an average of 34.45 and strike rate 64.15... now what do yoy say.... which is the better team in last test...

  • on January 9, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    how can we say INDIA was outplayed by SA in 3rd test...we outplayed them in first innings and they scored above 300in the second..ok dats fine...but we were replying...only gave out three.we didnt collapse...dats y we are number one...1st test was a failure..ok admitted..After that we adapted to the conditions...Every time i read,i can see the statemnt "india is depending on some players"....then wat abt SA they are worshiping steyn and kallis...but indians pulled in the games wth bhaji,laxman,sreesanth,zaheer,sachin...everybdy put their hands up.... stll sticking the old sayings..huh..it wnt be admitted anymore..we are happy vth the balanced performance by INDIA..go INDIA...go

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    how you tell shrishant a leader only one 5 wkt then what he done? indian selectors still ignore Munaf required some accurecy in test and Munaf have that one.

  • Shoobhit on January 9, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    all seem hunky dorry for indian fans. no doubt series was a close one; but what saved india was not laxman, nor sachin or anyone else but LUCK in the form of some erroneous umpiring. how can one forget wickets of AB and Bouchy at such a crucial juncture. Further, Zaheer plumb given not out

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 9, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Funny. Ind won a crucial toss in the third test and bowled first in cloudy, damp conditions and so many whiners seemed to have banished that from their memory. Give credit where it is due. SA played their best cricket in the first test and there can be no excuses for a 2 innings to 1 loss. Ind played much better after that but they definitely didn't outplay SA in the 3rd test. They were set an improbable 340 to win and were just about out of the contest before the 5th day even started. They only clawed even on the 5th day by losing only 3 wickets.

  • on January 8, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Always, Every body says India is good only on sub continental picthes. But doesn't it also mean other countries are not competetive enough on sub continental pitches? So why not we say SA and England are not good teams as they are not comptetive on Indian pitches. They are not good enough on testing conditions. As long as they are not good in India, they shouldn't be qualified for No1 Spot. What do u says guys? Is my argument invalid? Cricket is cricket every where whether it is Indian pitches or England pitches.

  • akelumw on January 8, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna, @Sajinu Nangariyil, Why? 1st test wasn't a part of the test series to remove from the stats? You wanna remove the numbers of the test which was not in ur favor and do stats again. Ridiculous I'm surprised that why you haven't come up with an idea to REMOVE OR ANNUL THE RESULT OF THE 1ST TEST AND THEN CALL INDIA AS THE WINNER OF THE SERIES. If a SA fan ask to remove the 2nd test & do stats, what would u say?

    @Rajesh Singh don't u remember SA bowled India out for 78 @Ahmadabad & beat them by an innings there & @ Kanpur in 2010 on Indian home conditions as well. If so with only 01 match how u concluded INDIA WAS BETTER TEAM @hindh88 how do u remember those 2 matches mentioned up - KNOCK OUT, humiliated, humbled or what else? @The_Professor - It was India who couldn't break the partnership of Kallis & Boucher. So it was Indian inability to break it but nothing else. drop the word of "IF" once u couldn't do something because of the inability of your own.

  • PradeepR on January 8, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    I am sorry but you cannot summarize that SA was superior. They were playing in their home conditions, won crucial tosses, had a much superior bowling attack, but still couldn't win the series. Of course, they're going to dominate the stats playing at home and being No.2.

  • on January 8, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Indian team has done very good performance.I think to have matches in the home ground and in the tailor made pitches one always have favorable conditions.Remember the word of the SA team manger and captain smith that we will beat India in all the test matches But to say and to act is always different.If they are too good then why they could not win the world cup in their own country till date.I hope result are in front of you.

  • on January 8, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    @ Vamsi Krishna - India play with very few good players to- pretty much reliant on Tendulkar and Sehwag with Zaheer as the 3rd player (much like Amla in SA)

  • abhishek_3april on January 8, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    India has proved that they are a better team, as southafrica told it will be a question mark on India's no. 1 status, well 1st match is always India's weakness like other matches there strength, India have scored in there conditions, but except Kallis, no other southafrican can score even in there own conditions,

  • on January 8, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Remove the first test, then the stats will be in favor of india. Its always the case when there is a one-sided match. South Africa just played the series with two players Kallis & Styen...rest of them were hopeless.

  • on January 8, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Need to remove the first match and the analysis may make better sense..

  • The_Professor on January 8, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    SA's stats are inflated due to the first test. India were clearly the better side in the rest of the series - this cannot be disputed. India won the second test. Even though India batted last to save the third test, they came closest to winning...had they broken just one more partnership earlier (Kallis-Boucher). India went into the series WITHOUT A WARM-UP MATCH (thanks to BCCI) and came out stronger of the two sides.

  • hemanofindia on January 8, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Nice Sum up.. But South Africa were at home.... I am amazed Sehwag could not fire. He is a much better batsmen. Otherwise result could have been different. I am not disappointed because I am sure he will come back thundering.

    In third test Indian pacers were criticised for not taking wickets on Fourth Day. Could SA pacers do it on Fifth Day? Third test pitch was not well prepared.

  • on January 8, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    India had a chance to make history. 130/6 on 4th day... and India could not keep the intensity that they had up till then which cost them the series!! India could have easily chased 240 on the last day..

  • natasrik on January 8, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Indias best in away wins: Clearly shows that Sachin is not GOD OF INDIAN CRICKET. It has to be some one else. If we click on the second innings link, sachin average is rock bottom of 19 plus compared to VVS, DRAVID, GANGULY, VIRU, GAMBHIR so that also showns when the demand is high guys like VVS, DRAVID, GANGULY, VIRU, GAMBHIR have done it more consistently compared to Sachin.

  • on January 8, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    I don't agree with the Stat saying SA was better than India as only difference was the toss that SA luckly won in first test otherwise series would have 2-1 in India favour. Despite losing the toss and batting first in seaming wickets India defeated SA in their home conditions at second test that shows India was better a team. SA was not able to dominate with their world class fast bowers that means Indian batsmen were far better than SA and in addtion Indian bowlers did create the impression on SA batsmen on their own ground.

  • Magnum_Octopus on January 8, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Interesting reading. To listen to some commentators, you'd think that India had completely dominated the series in every respect and only two lost tosses made the difference ;-)

  • drjaygoyal on January 8, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    stats are important...they very much are..but what makes a country win is the team...

    if it had not been for a superlative Kallis ans Steyn...the story would have been different...

    india on the other hand had multiple heroes like Sachin, VVS, Zaheer, Harbhajan...

    probably that's why we drew the series....no exceptional performances...but gr8 combines effort...

  • Hindh on January 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    For the indian fans this series will be remembered for the BOxing day test KNOCK OUT of SA in durban for a long time.

  • on January 8, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    SA without Steyn, India without Tendulkar. Lets play it and see how the team can perform. India is much more balanced that SA. I may sound fanatic but in current form India can beat SA in majority of places. Remember that pitches were tailored made for SA bowlers and India was able to survive in it and even thrive

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 8, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I think the key was SA exploited helpful conditions both in batting and bowling better than Ind. Ind had a great chance when they bowled in very helpful conditions in the third test but Kallis and SA battled well and reached 360+ on the other hand, the first match saw Ind fail miserably in a similar situation and SA cashed in completely in good batting conditions that followed.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 8, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    What ever. India showed that they are number # 1 team in test cricket by drawing away tough tough series. SA tried their best to use their home conditions and just escaped to lose third match when they were 130-6. For me what ever the stats says. Both teams played equaly well. Kallis and Tendulkar showed why they are legends and VVS laxman shows us why he is Michael Baven of test cricket. He is too good in tough conditions. Styn showed us he is #1 bowler in the world and Harbhajan showed us he is number #1 spinner in the world. Lots of people proved alot in this tough tough series. 50-50% credit goes to both teams. This series will keep test cricket alive, not like boaring ashes.

  • on January 8, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    One thing that we should always remember that Test is not ODI. In ODI, it is the run and wickets that matters. In Test, when the game is not to score runs but to stay at crease for long hours, never make to the statistics. SA was definitely worried about IND chasing anything less than 300, so they prolonged to let them chase 340. On a 5th day pitch staying in the wicket for hours is the key which I dont see in this statistics. The reason it is called test is that it tests a player in attack and defence. It test, there should be statistics on how long a player could fend the balls on a 5th day variable bounce wicket.

  • tfjones1978 on January 8, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    I think that India being ranked number 1 by A LARGE MARGIN is like a bad knock knock joke. If you look at home & away series against top 5 teams over last 5 years: Ind won 3 home, 1 away. Sri won 3 home, 0away. Aust won 2 home, 1 away. SA won 2 home, 0away. Eng won 1 home, 1 away. NOTE: This excludes last played series of Sri in SA (2002/03) & Aust in Sri (2003/04). This shows that there is no dominating team with the top 5 teams winning home, but struggling away. Dispite Englands win's over Aust home & away they have only drawn series. India & Srilanka whom both win a lot at home, can not win series away from home more then Aust or Eng. Using a points system of 2 series win, 1 series draw & 1 no series played, I would give India 10 pts, Sri 9 pts, SA 8 pts, Aust 7 pts, Eng 6 pts. India are only number 1 by a large margin because they play so many series at home.

  • geraldf on January 8, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Take out the first test and you'll see how different those stats would be ;)

  • nlambda on January 8, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Stats can be misleading. If only (i) India had won the toss in 1st test, and (ii) Zak had been playing, we might have had better stats and won 2-0 to boot. Losing Zak was worse for India than SA losing Steyn, and how well would the Saffers have managed without Dale?

  • indianpunter on January 8, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Almost 600 of Dravid's 1425 runs in wins overseas came in 2 tests ( 293 in adelaide and 270 in rawalpindi). These were more than 7 yrs ago. His last hundred in a overseas win came 5 yrs ago!! He is still resting on those past laurels and thinks he is untouchable. There is so much fury in forums when his place in the side is questioned. There should be no place for him in the team to England. It would be a surefire way to disaster. The wall has to walk. If not, sack him.

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  • indianpunter on January 8, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Almost 600 of Dravid's 1425 runs in wins overseas came in 2 tests ( 293 in adelaide and 270 in rawalpindi). These were more than 7 yrs ago. His last hundred in a overseas win came 5 yrs ago!! He is still resting on those past laurels and thinks he is untouchable. There is so much fury in forums when his place in the side is questioned. There should be no place for him in the team to England. It would be a surefire way to disaster. The wall has to walk. If not, sack him.

  • nlambda on January 8, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    Stats can be misleading. If only (i) India had won the toss in 1st test, and (ii) Zak had been playing, we might have had better stats and won 2-0 to boot. Losing Zak was worse for India than SA losing Steyn, and how well would the Saffers have managed without Dale?

  • geraldf on January 8, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Take out the first test and you'll see how different those stats would be ;)

  • tfjones1978 on January 8, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    I think that India being ranked number 1 by A LARGE MARGIN is like a bad knock knock joke. If you look at home & away series against top 5 teams over last 5 years: Ind won 3 home, 1 away. Sri won 3 home, 0away. Aust won 2 home, 1 away. SA won 2 home, 0away. Eng won 1 home, 1 away. NOTE: This excludes last played series of Sri in SA (2002/03) & Aust in Sri (2003/04). This shows that there is no dominating team with the top 5 teams winning home, but struggling away. Dispite Englands win's over Aust home & away they have only drawn series. India & Srilanka whom both win a lot at home, can not win series away from home more then Aust or Eng. Using a points system of 2 series win, 1 series draw & 1 no series played, I would give India 10 pts, Sri 9 pts, SA 8 pts, Aust 7 pts, Eng 6 pts. India are only number 1 by a large margin because they play so many series at home.

  • on January 8, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    One thing that we should always remember that Test is not ODI. In ODI, it is the run and wickets that matters. In Test, when the game is not to score runs but to stay at crease for long hours, never make to the statistics. SA was definitely worried about IND chasing anything less than 300, so they prolonged to let them chase 340. On a 5th day pitch staying in the wicket for hours is the key which I dont see in this statistics. The reason it is called test is that it tests a player in attack and defence. It test, there should be statistics on how long a player could fend the balls on a 5th day variable bounce wicket.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 8, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    What ever. India showed that they are number # 1 team in test cricket by drawing away tough tough series. SA tried their best to use their home conditions and just escaped to lose third match when they were 130-6. For me what ever the stats says. Both teams played equaly well. Kallis and Tendulkar showed why they are legends and VVS laxman shows us why he is Michael Baven of test cricket. He is too good in tough conditions. Styn showed us he is #1 bowler in the world and Harbhajan showed us he is number #1 spinner in the world. Lots of people proved alot in this tough tough series. 50-50% credit goes to both teams. This series will keep test cricket alive, not like boaring ashes.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 8, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    I think the key was SA exploited helpful conditions both in batting and bowling better than Ind. Ind had a great chance when they bowled in very helpful conditions in the third test but Kallis and SA battled well and reached 360+ on the other hand, the first match saw Ind fail miserably in a similar situation and SA cashed in completely in good batting conditions that followed.

  • on January 8, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    SA without Steyn, India without Tendulkar. Lets play it and see how the team can perform. India is much more balanced that SA. I may sound fanatic but in current form India can beat SA in majority of places. Remember that pitches were tailored made for SA bowlers and India was able to survive in it and even thrive

  • Hindh on January 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    For the indian fans this series will be remembered for the BOxing day test KNOCK OUT of SA in durban for a long time.

  • drjaygoyal on January 8, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    stats are important...they very much are..but what makes a country win is the team...

    if it had not been for a superlative Kallis ans Steyn...the story would have been different...

    india on the other hand had multiple heroes like Sachin, VVS, Zaheer, Harbhajan...

    probably that's why we drew the series....no exceptional performances...but gr8 combines effort...