Sachin Tendulkar averages 46.44 against South Africa in South Africa
India has never won a Test series in South Africa and. With the current three-match series against the Proteas evenly poised at 1-1, Kohli and co. would like to script history with a win in the third test.
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the second leading run-scorer for India in Tests in South Africa in the ongoing Cape Town match. In this article, we will have a look at three Indians with the most Test runs in South Africa.
#3. Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid has a top score of 148 in South Africa
The current head coach of the Indian team stands third on this list. The Wall has modest numbers against the Proteas in South Africa. In 22 innings in South Africa, Dravid scored 624 runs at an average of 29.71 with two half-centuries and a solitary century. His highest score in the rainbow nation is 148.
#2. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli enjoys playing in South Africa
The Indian captain enjoys playing against the Proteas. Following his knock of 79 in the ongoing third Test, Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the second-highest Indian run scorer in South Africa.
Kohli averages 53.07 in Tests in South Africa and has hit two centuries and three half-centuries in the rainbow nation with the highest score of 153. He has amassed 690 runs in Tests in South Africa.
#1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has hit five Test centuries in South Africa
The legendary batsman tops the list for most Test runs by an Indian in South Africa. He averages 46.44 in Tests in South Africa and has scored 1161 runs with three half-centuries and five centuries to his name. His highest score on South African soil is 169.
Tendulkar’s heroic innings went in vain
Sachin’s massive knock came during the 1996-97 Test series against the Proteas. Batting first, South Africa had posted 529 for the loss of seven wickets before declaring their innings.
India scored 359 in reply. After the failure of the top order, Tendulkar along with Mohammad Azharuddin scripted twin tons to help the visitors fight back.
Azharuddin scored 115 while Tendulkar posted 169.
India however, were bundled out for 359. South Africa declared on 256/6 in the second innings, setting India a target of 426.
However, the Indians were bundled out for 144 in the final innings of the match.
Tendulkar is still 471 runs ahead of Virat Kohli for runs scored in Tests in South Africa.