After an unexpected tour of South Africa, Team India has finally started to churn out the performances which had made many believe the current team has the potential to end the nation’s long wait for a series win in the African country.
India first toured South Africa in 1992 but was yet to register a Test series win in 25 years and five attempts.
However, expectations were sky-high from the Virat Kohli-led side which left for the rainbow nation on the back of nine consecutive Test series including the 3-0 win over Proteas at home in 2015. However, the expectations ended soon.
India was far from being impressive in the Test series, as the formidable hosts outplayed them in both the games. Kohli & Co. lost the series-opener by 72 runs before conceding the second match by 135 runs. However, India has not looked back since the loss in the second Test.
The world number one Test side thrashed South Africa by 63 runs in the last and final Test and continued their domination in the ongoing One-Day International series.
Led by their skipper’s stunning century, the Men in Blue dismantled the Proteas by six wickets in the first game before winning the second one by nine wickets on Sunday (February 4) to go 2-0 up in the six-match series.
And as soon as Kohli led the team to win in the second ODI in Centurion, the owner of several records did something which no Indian captain could in the past 25 years in South Africa. Kohli has become the first Indian captain to string together three wins in a row, across formats in South Africa.
He has also become only the second Indian skipper to lead the team to two consecutive ODI wins against the hosts in South Africa. The last time it happened was in January 2011. MS Dhoni-led India won by one run in Johannesburg and followed that with two-wicket victory in Cape Town.
But while the Dhoni-led side had gone on to lose the series, Kohli has the chance to lead the nation to its first bilateral ODI series win in the African country.
India had lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11, and 2-0 in 2013-14. India is currently 2-0 up in the series and has a golden opportunity to break the nation’s duck in South Africa.
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