Updated December 25th, 2023 at 18:18 IST

IND vs SA: Ex-India coach highlights main reason behind India's eternal Test series drought in SA

Ahead of the start of the India vs South Africa 1st Test, an ex-India batting coach has opined on why India have been unable to win Test series in SA.

Reported by: Prateek Arya
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma | Image:BCCI

As the Test series against South Africa is about to begin, the enormity of the opportunity to script a Test series win in SA is also making waves. India's batting great, Sunil Gavaskar, earlier defined the series as the best opportunity to chance upon, and now another former India player has laid out his views on the subject.

3 things you need to know

  • India vs South Africa 1st Test to begin on December 26, 2023
  • The match will take place in Centurion
  • India are yet to win a Test series in South Africa

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Sanjay Bangar contemplates why India have been unable to win a Test series in South Africa

Ahead of the start of the 1st Test, ex-India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has paid heed to the supposed final frontier for Team India, and in the process reflected on the past to figure out why a Test series win in the rainbow nation has always eluded the team.


Since 1992, teams with different outlooks and leadership have toured South Africa but none have been able to take the unassailable lead in the series. The only side that has been able to evade a series defeat in SA has been MS Dhoni's 2010/11 side. Rohit Sharma has the chance to deliver the unprecedented and for that, his team will get only two matches. Which according to Bangar has been one of the reasons behind the hoodoo.

"India have not won test series in South Africa because they play 2 Tests or 3-match Test series. If they get to play four or 5-match Test series, it would reflect in their performance," said Sanjay Bangar on Star Sports.


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The mayhem to begin on the Boxing Day

The India vs South Africa 1st Test will begin on Tuesday, December 26, 2023. So far the tour has proved to be successful for Team India. The Suryakumar Yadav-led side was able to attain the 1-1 draw in the T20I series, and KL Rahul's men obtained a 2-1 victory in the ODI series. Now, all eyes are on the Test contest as a chance to script a new chapter in the history books is upon Team India.


Published December 25th, 2023 at 18:18 IST