By: Tarun Joshi
As the year 2017 is coming to a wrap and a fresh year 2018 is about to begin, it will be a new start for the Indian cricket team as well as they are all set for their South Africa tour for India vs South Africa 2018 series. Indian team has achieved new heights under Virat Kohli’s captainship.
Indian team is on cloud nine with back to back 9 series wins in last 2 years. Team’s winning percentage is quite remarkable in these last 2 years, and thus it has managed to rank one and two in ICC tests and ODI rankings.
But not to forget that the team has been playing most of their matches in India, or against weaker opponents in last couple of years. Indian team has not toured South Africa, Australia, England or New Zealand in last couple of years, and thus hasn’t faced the real challenge.
In coming one and a half years Indian team will be visiting, South Africa, Australia and England, where the real test lies for the team. India will be starting their ‘away from county’ stint from 5th of January 2018 against South Africa, with their first test match out of 3 test matches, 6 ODIs and 3 T20s.
We all know that it will be a difficult task to beat RSA in South Africa.
Overall, till date India and RSA have played 33 test matches and 77 ODIs against each other. In tests India has won 10 test matches and RSA has won 13. In ODIs India has won 29 matches and RSA has won 45. From the above numbers it is clear that RSA is way ahead in the game as compared to India, and they have an edge on their opponents.
The number gets more intimidating if we consider matches played in South Africa, where RSA will have an edge of playing in their home country. India and RSA have played 28 ODI with each other in South Africa, of which RSA has won 21 matches and India has won 5. Making India to South Africa winning ratio to 1:4.
Test matches in SA follow the similar trend. Indian team has not won a single test series till date in South Africa. Out of 17 test matches played against each other in South Africa, India has won only test matches and RSA has won, making the winning ratio to be again 1:4.
If we see the pattern from the past, we can say that India has minimal chances of winning. But if we also see the current form of Indian team, it can be said South Africa will be facing a tough team in their home ground in years.