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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 11:24 IST

Team India's dismal Test record in South Africa, only 1 captain has managed to draw a series

As India gears up for another Test series in South Africa, the quest for a maiden series victory in the Proteas' backyard continues.

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South Africa team and Virat Kohli watch the big screen during IND vs SA Test series in 2022 | Image:AP
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India's Test cricket journey in South Africa has been marked by challenges, with the team yet to secure a series victory on Proteas soil. Despite participating in eight Test series against South Africa, the Indian cricket team has only managed to emerge victorious in four matches. However, amidst this struggle, there is a glimmer of hope – a singular instance where India avoided defeat and secured a historic draw. This remarkable feat was achieved under the leadership of MS Dhoni in 2011, a captain who managed to break the pattern of defeats on South African soil.

India vs South Africa: The Elusive Triumph and Dhoni's Lone Draw

The tale of India's Test encounters in South Africa begins with disappointment as they have been unable to clinch a series win in the Proteas' den. Eight series have passed, and the elusive triumph continues to evade them. The challenge of conquering South Africa's challenging conditions and formidable opposition has proved to be a stern test for Indian cricketers.

Amidst the defeats, one series stands out as a testament to resilience and leadership – the 2010-2011 series under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. The three-match series saw India facing a setback in the first Test, losing by an innings and 25 runs. However, what followed was a spirited comeback in the second Test, where India secured an 87-run victory, leveling the series at 1-1. The third match ended in a draw.

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The defining moment came in the third and final Test, where India managed to achieve what had eluded them for so long in South Africa – a draw. This hard-fought result not only showcased the team's determination but also highlighted Dhoni's astute leadership under challenging circumstances. 

As India gears up for another Test series in South Africa, the quest for a maiden series victory in the Proteas' backyard continues. The challenges posed by the conditions and the formidable South African team still persist. This time a young Rohit Sharma-led side will attempt to take on the Proteas in a two-match contest, starting December 26.

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 23:29 IST

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