South Africa –India Test And ODI Series To Be Played Behind Closed Doors: CSA. Photo- AFP
South Africa –India Test And ODI Series To Be Played Behind Closed Doors: CSA. Photo- AFP

India takes on South Africa in the first Test of the three-match series from 26th to 30th December at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. For those of you who don’t know, all three Tests will be played behind closed doors.

Spectators aren’t allowed the watch the game inside the stadium. Virat Kohli will be leading the team for a Test series in South Africa for the second consecutive time. Virat Kohli-led team last time came to South Africa for a Test series in 2018.

A great Indian fast bowling attack fought brilliantly but couldn’t help the team win the first two Tests of the series. India, however, was outstanding in the third Test. Playing only his third ever Test, Jasprit Bumrah picked a five-wicket haul in that game and also helped the team win only their third ever Test match in South Africa.

India have toured South Africa seven times for a Test series and came back home empty-handed on all occasions. Virat Kohli and Boys would look to exhibit their best performance and create history this time around. In a big blow to them, newly appointed Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test series. KL Rahul will assume the vice-captaincy duties in Rohit’s absence.

Quinton de Kock And Dean Elgar, ICC World Test Championship
Quinton de Kock And Dean Elgar (Image Credit: Twitter)

South Africa, on the other hand, will be playing a Test series after 6 months. They played their last Test series against West Indies, which they won by a 2-0 margin. The proteas would be looking to replicate a similar result. Their new skipper, Dean Elgar, however, would be aware of the fact that it won’t be easy. India have a solid fast bowling attack and the fate of the series might well decide on how well South Africa bat against them.

South Africa have a pretty good batting unit. Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram should open the batting attack, while the middle-order comprised Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Keegan Petersen.

Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis
Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada. (Photo: Twitter)

In a big blow to them, Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the series due to a hip injury. Kagiso Rabada thus will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He will be sharing the fast bowling duties alongside Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier and Marco Jansen. Keshav Maharaj has done exceedingly well for the team in the last year or so. He should make it into the playing XI for the first Test of the series.

IND vs SA Head to Head Records: India’s Head to Head Record vs South Africa- India vs South Africa 2021, First Test

India vs South Africa
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Teams Head to Head Records: Tests

Stats Matches IND Win  SA Won A
Overall 39 14 15 1
At SuperSport Park 2 0 2
In the last 5 matches 5 4 1

It is pertinent to note that India have toured South Africa for a Test series on seven occasions. India played their first Test series in South Africa in 1992. They lost that series by a margin of 1-0.

India hasn’t won a Test series on a single occasion out of seven. So far, they have only managed to win 3 Test matches in South Africa. Ahead of a three-match series, Virat Kohli and Boys will have a great chance of creating history.