India are looking nothing less than invincible at home and South Africa must have realised it. On Sunday, the hosts thoroughly outplayed the Proteas once again to thrash them by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test. With the win, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
South Africa proved no match for India right from the start of the game. Batting first, India posted a mammoth total of 601 for 5 (declared) in their first innings. In reply, South Africa were all out for 275 before being asked to follow-on. The Proteas’ fortunes did not change much in the second innings too as they were all out for just 189.
With the win, India created the record for most consecutive Test series wins at home. Before winning the ongoing series, India and Australia jointly held the record with 10 successive home Test series wins. In fact, Australia had two such streaks ending in 2000 and 2008. No other team has more than 8 home series victories in a row.
Following the game, ace commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to highlight India’s dominance at home.
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“A world record 11 successive series wins at home for India. Shows you why playing away in India is one of the toughest assignments going,” wrote Harsha Bhogle.
A world record 11 successive series wins at home for India. Shows you why playing away in India is one of the toughest assignments going.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 13, 2019
However, former England captain Kevin Pietersen did not agree with Harsha as he cheekily said that touring India is not that hard.
“It’s not that hard mate! ?,” wrote the legendary batsman.
It’s not that hard mate! 😉
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) October 13, 2019
Well, Kevin Pietersen has every right to say so as he was the part of the last team that won a Test series in India. In 2012, England had defeated India 2-1 and Kevin Pietersen played a huge role in it. India, meanwhile, have consolidated their spot at the top of the ICC Test Championship points table. They have become the first team to touch the 200-point mark.