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Top 5 Indian batters against South Africa in Tests in SA



The India vs South Africa series will be starting from 26th December.

Both teams are looking to win the series and get some crucial World Test Championship points.

India doesn’t have a good record against South Africa at their home in Test cricket.

The men in blue has never won a Test series in South Africa, though we have seen many brilliant performances from both the batters and bowlers in South Africa.

The South African team is looking a bit weaker this time and it is a great opportunity for the Indian team to win their first-ever Test series in South Africa. 

India has now started to win even against Australia in Australia which is not an easy task.

If India beat South Africa, they will become only the second Asian side to win a series in South Africa after Sri Lanka.

India will require some great individual performances from both their batters and bowlers to achieve this record.

Many Indian batters have played well in South Africa.

Here is a list of the top 5 Indian batters with the most number of runs in South Africa against South Africa. 

5- Sourav Ganguly

The current President of BCC1 and the Former skipper of the Indian team, Sourav Ganguly takes 5th place in this list.

Sourav Ganguly has scored 506 runs against South Africa at their home.

He has scored these in 16 innings at an average of 36.14.

Ganguly has played some brilliant knocks at crucial times in South Africa but unfortunately, he never managed to score a hundred against the Proteas in South Africa.

He has smashed 4 superb half-centuries against them.

His highest score in Tests in South Africa is 73.

4- Virat Kohli

The current Indian Test skipper and one of the best players in the world, Virat Kohli is in the 4th spot in this list.

Virat Kohli has a brilliant record against South Africa not only in India but also in South Africa.

Virat was superb in the last series played in South Africa between IND and SA.

Virat has smashed 558 runs in the only 10 innings he has played in South Africa so far with an outstanding average of 55.80.

The right-handed batter has also scored 2 brilliant tons and 2 half-centuries with a highest score of 153 against South Africa at their home. 

3- VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman takes 3rd place in this list.

In IND vs SA encounters in Test cricket, Laxman has scored 566 runs in 18 innings with an average of 40.42.

The former Indian batter, Laxman has smashed 4 superb half-centuries in those encounters.

Laxman was also not able to score a Test ton in South Africa and his highest score is 96. 

2- Rahul Dravid

The current Indian coach and former player, Rahul Dravid grabs the 2nd spot on our list.

Rahul Dravid has scored 624 runs in 22 Test innings at an average of 29.71 against South Africa at their home.

The former Indian captain has also scored 1 brilliant century and 2 half-centuries in IND vs SA Test encounters.

Rahul Dravid has the highest score of 148 runs against South Africa at their home. 

2- Sachin Tendulkar 

Without any doubt the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is on the top spot on this list.

Sachin Tendulkar is known as one the best players in cricket history and he has scored runs against almost every nation.

Sachin also had a good batting record in South Africa where most of the Asian batters struggles a lot.

Sachin has scored 1161 runs in 28 innings at an average of 46.44 against South Africa at their home.

The former Indian skipper has also smacked 5 superb centuries and 3 half-centuries in IND vs SA Test clashes.

His highest score against South Africa is 169 runs.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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