The hosts India and the visitors South Africa are ready for the three-match Test series. On Wednesday (2nd October), they will begin the first Test of this series at Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium (Vishakhapatnam).

This Test series is the part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21). Under this Championship, while it is India’s second Test series, South Africa will play their first Test series.

As this series has three matches, the winners of every game will earn 40 points. Both teams will earn 20 or 13 points for each tie or draw result respectively in this series.

Before the beginning of this opening Test of this series, here we are introducing some crucial stats preview of this Test match.

Venue stats (Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium, Vishakhapatnam)

This India vs South Africa Test match will be the second Test match at Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium (Vishakhapatnam). The first Test on this venue was between India and England in November 2016 where India won by 246 runs.

 

Teams stats

India vs South Africa head-to-head Test records

Stats Total Tests India Won South Africa Won Tied Draw
Overall 36 11 15 0 10
In the last 10 matches 10 4 3 0 3
In India 16 8 5 0 3
At Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium (Vishakhapatnam)

 

Forms in last 10 Tests

Team Won Lost Tied Draw
India 6 3 0 1
South Africa 6 4 0 0

 

Players stats

Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

India, South Africa
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i) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up 342 wickets in 65 Tests. He needs to take eight more wickets to complete 350 Test wickets. If he achieves this feat in his next Test, Ashwin will become the joint-fastest bowler to complete 350 Test wickets. At present, the former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is lonely handling this record as he achieved this feat in 66 Tests. Also, Ashwin will become the fourth Indian bowler, after Anil Kumble (619 wickets), Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets), to claim 350 Test wickets.

 

Ravindra Jadeja (India)

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i) The left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has taken 198 wickets in 43 Test matches. He is two wickets away to complete 200 Test wickets. While Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest Indian to claim 200 Test wickets as he achieved this feat in 37 Tests, Harbhajan Singh is the second fastest Indian to claim 200 Test wickets after achieving this feat in 46 Tests. Jadeja has a good chance to become the second-fastest Indian bowler to claim 200 Test wickets.

ii) Ravindra Jadeja has taken 144 Test wickets at home. He is six wickets away to become the first left-arm Indian bowler to take 150 Test wickets.

 

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) As a Test captain, Faf du Plessis has scored 1,926 runs. He needs to score 74 more runs to reach the 2,000 runs milestone as a Test captain. After Graeme Smith (8,647 runs) and Hansie Cronje (2,833 runs), Faf du Plessis will be the third Proteas Test captain to score 2,000 runs.

 

Keshav Maharaj (South Africa)

Keshav Maharaj
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i) The left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has taken 94 Test wickets. He will complete his 100 Test wickets by taking six more wickets. Maharaj will be the fifth South African spinner to claim 100 or more Test wickets.