When South Africa kicked off the 72 days India-South Africa cricket series, it was never anticipated nor imagined that India will finish off the number one ranked team in the world with a 3-0 series win. Nobody expected India to trash the South African national cricket team. But as it happened, South Africa’s 143-over resistance came to an end as India completely outplayed the South African team who classically misfired their batting throughout the series.
Although Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis put up a good fight in their final innings, it didn’t pay-off. The South African team was humiliated, and must now tuck their tails in between their legs like the obedient, scared dog and wait for the next challenge on Boxing day to re-establish their worth with the English men.
With the robust margin of 337 runs that India won the game with, it is the biggest defeat in terms of runs that South Africa has ever received since the nation’s return to Test cricket in 1992. Just as well, it is India’s biggest win when you regard runs in Tests. Proteas however remains on top of the ICC Test rankings as shown below.
India moved up to the second position in the table after they won the Four-Test series against South Africa thereby slashing South Africa’s lead in the table from 16 points to a mere four points. Trashing South Africa helped the Indian national cricket team earn 10 points which lifted the team from a previous 100 points to 110 points ahead of Australia and Pakistan that respectively slipped down to a third and forth position.
Below are some of the interesting highlights of the India – South Africa 2015 Test Series
1. The Last time the South African national cricket team (Proteas) lost 3 matches in a test series was in 2006 against Australia in South Africa.
2. South Africa’s highest score of 214 in the series, is the lowest high score for South Africa in a 4-match test series. And is the lowest highest score for a team in a test series with a minimum of 7 innings played.
3. Proteas run rate at their 2nd innings is 0.99. They recorded 143.1 overs for 143 run. Until now, the previous highest overs played by a team with a run rate less than 1 is 90 overs – by Pakistan in 1955.
4. AB de Villiers and Hashim Ama partnership run rate during their 2nd innings is the slowest partnership in Test history in terms of run rate with a minimum of 200 balls. The South African team equally bagged the 2nd and 3rd slowest partnership run as enabled by the partnership run between de Villiers – Faf du Plessis and Bavuma – Amla partnerships respectively.
5. The 89 maidens South Africa played during their 2nd innings in the game, is the first time since 1984 a team played more than 75 maiden in a Test innings.
6. The lowest strike rate for any player who played more than 200 balls in a Test innings is Hashim Amla’s strike rate of 10.24 in the 2nd innings.
7. Proteas’ average runs for a wicket in this series is 14.78, and is the lowest for a team in any series since 1912.
8. South Africa scored 22 runs in 1st session on day 5. It was the fewest runs scored by a team in a full tow hour session with more than 24 overs bowled. The previous fewest was 25 runs by New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Morutawa in 1992.
9. South Africa recorded the fewest runs (19) score off the bat by a team in a full two-hour session with more than 24 overs bowled in the 1st session on day 5.
10. And finally, India’s win by 337 runs in the 4th Test match is their biggest win in terms of runs. Previous biggest was 320 runs against Australia at Mohali in 2008.