Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
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The Indian cricket team is gearing up for their upcoming three-match Test series in South Africa, starting on December 26 in Centurion.

The team is coming fresh from a 1-0 series win against New Zealand on home soil, starting the campaign under new head coach Rahul Dravid on a winning note.

The South Africa tour will be Dravid’s first overseas assignment along with Kohli as the captain of the red-ball side. Both the stalwarts of Indian cricket very well know that they need to tick the box of winning a Test series in South Africa, the only country where India are eluded to victory.

Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli
Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Even before the series could kick-off, the unusual controversies regarding the Indian team’s split captaincy was in the spotlight after Rohit Sharma was named as the white-ball skipper of the ODI team.

However, hoping that the drama in the media does not affect the Indian players, they must remain firm on winning their elusive Test series against Proteas in their own backyard.

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar holds the record of most runs in South Africa by an Indian batter. The former Indian talismanic batter amassed 1161 runs in 28 Test innings at an average of 46.44.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

The current coach Dravid sits second on the list with 624 runs at an average of 29.71 against the Proteas.

Let us look at the five Indian active batters who have scored the most Test runs in South Africa.

IND vs SA: 5 Indian active batters with most runs in South Africa

5) Hardik Pandya- 119

The Indian all-rounder has toured South Africa only once in January 2018. His power-hitting abilities and hundred in Sri Lanka in 2017, earned him a place for the South Africa Test series.

Pandya kept the selectors’ faith as he made 93 from 95 balls in the first Test in Cape Town, where his teammates were struggling against the lethal bowling attack composed of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, Pandya’s valiant efforts were not enough for India to post a commendable score and they went down to lose the match by 72 runs. Pandya made 119 from six innings at an average of 19.83 in that series.

Pandya, who played his last Test match against England in 2018, isn’t the ideal choice for the all-rounder’s spot as he has been marred with several injuries.

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