India vs South Africa 2021-22, War between Best
India vs South Africa 2021-22 series is scheduled to be held in South Africa starting 26th December 2021. The India tour of South Africa will consist of 3 tests and 3 ODIs.
The series will be played in bio-bubble and no spectators are allowed in the stadiums especially when the whole world is concerned about the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Detailed are the Schedule, Squad, and Streaming for the series.
India vs South Africa Live Scorecard
The live match scorecard can be checked at Leisuretym Sports
India vs South Africa 2021-22, Test Series Schedule
|1st Test Match||Dec. 26 – 30, 2021, 1:30 PM IST||Centurion|
|2nd Test Match||Jan. 3 – 7, 2022, 1:30 PM IST||Johannesburg|
|3rd Test Match||Jan. 11-15, 2022, 2 PM IST||Cape Town|
IND vs SA – Head to Head in Tests
The test record between the two teams is highly even-steven. Out of 39 matches played India has worn 14 whereas South Africa has registered a win 15 times and 10 matches have been drawn.
An interesting observation is that India has never won a Test series in South Africa. Since 1992 India played 7 series against SA in South Africa and lost 6 whereas 1 series was drawn in 2010-11.
When we talk about the highest run-getters for India against SA in South Africa then the top 5 are:
|Sachin Tendulkar||1161 Runs||28 innings||46.44||169|
|Rahul Dravid||624 Runs||22 innings||29.71||148|
|VVS Laxman||566 Runs||18 innings||40.42||96|
|Virat Kohli||558 Runs||10 innings||55.80||153|
|Sourav Ganguly||506 Runs||16 innings||36.14||73|
As clearly visible Virat has the best average of 55 runs per innings and second highest of 153 after Sachin. Virat got these runs when India last played a Test match at Centurion during their 2017/2018 tour of the rainbow nation.
In addition to that Kohli’s highest Test score (254*) was scored against South Africa when both teams last met for a bilateral series as part of the ICC World Test Championship in 2019.
Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that Virat would hold the key to India’s performance in the coming test series against SA. And this would be India’s best chance to beat South Africa in their home.
Indian Test Squad
From the India side, Virat is back as captain whereas Rohit, Jadeja, and Axar are not playing due to injuries.
K L Rahul will be the vice-captain in the test series and Mayank Agarwal will open the innings with him. Priyank Panchal (India A captain) was also included in the Test squad as Rohit’s replacement.
Indian Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Priyank Panchal, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Md. Siraj
South Africa Test Squad
Dean Elgar from SA will lead the squad and Proteas will play without Quinton de Kock as his wife is expecting a delivery.
South African Squad: Dean Elgar (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen. Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.
India vs South Africa 2021-22, ODI Schedule
|1st ODI||Jan 19, 2022 (Wed), 2 PM IST||Paarl|
|2nd ODI||Jan 21, 2022 (Fri), 2 PM IST||Paarl|
|3rd ODI||Jan 23, 2022 (Sun), 2 PM IST||Cape Town|
IND vs SA – Head to Head in ODIs
The ODI record is highly favorable for SA, they have won 46 out of 84 played and India managed to win 35 matches whereas 3 matches were having no result.
Indian ODI Squad
KL Rahul (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj
IND vs SA Telecast and Live Streaming
The test and ODI series will be available live on STAR Sports networks whereas Live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.