It's not known how Englishmen learned or discovered cricket, but they
are the people behind virtually every other cricket playing nation
today. Be it India, who were ruled by British - East India company for
over 200 years, or be it West Indies where English rulers used to
import cheep workers from India and the sub continent.
Or be it South Africa where seventeenth century Englishmen migrated in
the hunt for diamonds, golds and Platinum. They played cricket for fun
and as it was globalising, joined England and Australia in the late
To be precise, Australia and England test match (the first ever
International test match) was played from 15th March 1977 and South
Africa played their first test match from 12 March 1889 = after 12
The problem arose when West Indies joined in as the fourth
International cricket team. The "apartheid" factor dominated South
Africa and thus they refused to play against West Indies consisting
none white players.
Result - South Africa banned from International cricket for undetermined period.
South Africa's comeback to International cricket
Not many people know what actually South African cricket board did to
keep the game alive in their country for 22 years - after which South
African team came to India for their first ever tour after the
South Africa played 3 ODI
's on that tour to India and won the third one day international at New Delhi as consolation. They lost the second ODI
at Gwalior by 38 runs while ended up losing the first ODI
at Calcutta by 3 wickets.
This Indian report card didn't prove too much but showed South Africa
were no pushovers. And it also showed what South Africa were denied
through that ban. South African captain Clive Rice said about his
arrival at Calcutta - "I know how Neil Armstrong felt when he stood on
Here's more on India vs South Africa ODI
India's 1992 tour of south Africa
Indian team became the first ever International team since 1970 to play
a test match in South Africa. The 4 test match series was less than
attractive as far as the matches were concerned as first and second
test match at Durban and Johannesburg yielded draws.
Both teams looked to be aggressive in the third test at Port Elizabeth,
but Indian team were bowled out for just 212 in the first innings. They
then did well in bowling out South Africa for just 275 but failed
again in second innings by scoring only 215.
South Africa needed only 153 on the last day and achieved the target.
And won the match and the series as the fourth and Final test match
again ended up as a draw.
Thus, in all test matches till 1992 - South Africa 1 India 0
South Africa's 1996 tour of India
First test match was played at Ahmedabad
with India scoring only 223 while batting first and South Africa replying with 244.
Then Indian team were bowled out for merely 190, giving a target of
just 170 to the South Africans.... which they surely would have thought
was gettable but were surprised by Javagal Srinath
(who now is a ICC Match referee). He took 6 for 21 off just 11.5 overs to bowl out South Africa for just 105. In 38.5 overs.
Second test match at Calcutta was dominated but South Africa and inspite
of Ventakest Prasad's
6 wickets on the second day, South Africa won the 2nd test by 329 runs.
The third test match at Kanpur was won by India - the first ever test match as captain for Sachin Tendulkar
Thus, in all test matches till 1996 - South Africa 2 India 2
India's 1997 tour of South Africa
This was a tour which Indian team would like to forget, but never will.
South African pitches proved too fast for Indian batsmen and they
struggled all throughout till the last test match. In fact, I saw Sourav Ganguly
being bowled off a full toss from Lance Klusner
After losing Durban and Cape Town test matches, Indian team got bolder
and elected to bat first in the third test match at Johannesburg.
They made 410 with some help from rising star - Rahul Dravid's
148 and bowled out South Africa for 321. Indian team declared their
second innings at 266 for 8 - giving a target of 356 for South Africa.
And then it was Darrell Cullinan
,David Richardson and "bad light" who prevented Indian team, a victory.
Thus, in all test matches till 1997 - South Africa 4 India 2
South Africa's 2000 tour of India
South Africa by now, had proved their class at International stage and won the first test match at Mumbai
with style. The second test match at Bangalore was even easier for them
as they won it by an innings and 71 runs. And hence, won the 2 test
match series 2-0.
Thus, in all test matches till 2000 - South Africa 6 India 2
India's 2001 tour of South Africa
First test match at Bloemfontein unleashed yet another star for India - Virendra Sehwag
who made a century on his debut and propelled India to 379 while
batting first. But South Africa replied with 563 and then bowled us out
for 237. And then 54 runs target was never tough for them.
Second test match at Port Elizabeth was a draw. Hence test series went to South Africa 1-0.
Thus, in all test matches till 2001 - South Africa 7 India 2
South Africa's 2004 tour of India
South Africa threatend
to pull out of the series because of Herschelle
Gibbs and Nicky Boje
being questioned by Indian police but ultimately came to draw the first
test match at Kanpur and lose second and final test match at Kolkatta
Second test match belonged to Indian spin duo of Anil Kumble
Singh with 13 wickets between then and South Africans' with no spin answers..!!
Thus, till today - in all India vs south Africa test matches - the record stands at South Africa 6 India 3 with 16 played.
And sadly, Indian team has never won a single test match (out of 9 attempts) on south African soil. Will they do it this time... here's the schedule