After thrashing West Indies in their own back, the Indian cricket team is all set to lock horns with South Africa at home. The tour comprises of 3 T20Is and as many Tests. The Virat Kohli led side defeated the calypso kings in all three formats and will begin the series against Proteas as firm favorites. On the other hand, the South African side had a dismal campaign in the 2019 World Cup and will aim to redeem themselves in the forthcoming series. India vs South Africa 2019 Schedule for Free PDF Download Online: Full Timetable of Ind vs Sa Fixtures With Match Timings and Venue Details.
In the World Cup clash too, India outplayed South Africa completely and won the match by six wickets. However, the upcoming series will be a perfect opportunity for the Proteas to test their youngsters and build a strong squad ahead of the ICC World T20 2020 in Australia. The last time South Africa faced India in a full-fledged series was in 2018 when the men in blue toured South Africa to play 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is. South Africa dominated the Test series while the men in blue conquered the limited-over games. So, ahead of their upcoming series, let’s look at the recap of how the two sides fared on the last tour. Kagiso Rabada Excited as South African Players Land in New Delhi for T20I Series Against India.
3 Tests- South Africa Won 2–1
The three-match Test series was an absolute thriller as all the matches went down the wire. The series was dominated by the pacers as only one century was registered in the series which was hit by Virat Kohli. South Africa won the first two matches of the series despite India’s valiant effort. However, India won the last Test and prevented a whitewash. South Africa’s pacer Vernon Philander took 15 wickets in the series and was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Series’.
6 ODIs- India Won 5-1
After getting defeated in Tests, India redeemed themselves in the limited-overs game. India completely outplayed the Proteas in their home soil and bagged the series 5-1. India’s Skipper Virat Kohli was the standout performer of the series as he scored 559 runs in the series which included three centuries. Apart from Kohli, the spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav also tormented the Proteas batsman throughout the series and vital role in the series victory.
3 T20Is- India Won 2-1
The three-match T20I series was the last leg of the tour which also proved to be a thriller. India started the T20I series with victory in the first game. The men-in-blue were also all set to clinch the second clash but Heinrich Klaasen played a blinder and the hosts won the match. All came down to the third match which was won by India and they eventually lifted the series 2-1.
South Africa’s struggle started with the retirement of AB de Villiers and got enhanced with Hashim Amla’s retirement. So, Cricket South Africa will bank on the youngsters to take responsibility and make the Proteas Team a formidable force once again. On the other side, India will look to test their bench strength in order to extend their supremacy in World Cricket.