Indian Test team is currently in South Africa for a 3 match Test Series starting from December 26. Indian team is missing the services of some of the key players due to injuries. Though, it is the best chance for Team India to win their first Test series in South Africa. In this article, we will look at the 5 Indians with highest runs in India vs South Africa Test. Current Test skipper Virat Kohli also made it to the list and a chance to make huge jumps in this series. Let’s see which players got a chance in this list.
5 Indians With Highest Runs In India Vs South Africa Test
5. VVS Laxman – 976 runs
Current NCA Head VVS Laxman holds the 5th spot. VVS Laxman, who is a middle order batsman and often bats with tail enders. He has some memorable knocks against South Africa. His knock of 96 runs in Durban in 2010 is often considered as his best knock. This is because of the tough conditions and South African bowling line up which includes Dale Steyn and Morne Mokel who were at the top of their game at that time. He was also batting with the tail enders. Due to his memorable knock of 96 runs, India won the Match and level the 3 match Test series 1-1.
VVS Laxman has 976 runs against South Africa in Tests. He also has a one 100 to his name. The middle order batter has a highest score of 143* against South Africa.
4. Virat Kohli – 1075 runs
Current Indian test skipper Virat Kohli holds the 4th spot in the list of Indians with highest runs in India vs South Africa Tests. Virat has a chance to make a jump in this list. Virat Kohli during 2017-18 tour in South Africa was exceptional. In this Test Series, Virat became the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to have 2 Test centuries in South Africa. The 33-year-old Kohli may have not scored a hundred since 2019, but his record in South Africa has been phenomenal.
Kohli has 1075 runs in 12 test matches against South Africa at a mind-blowing average of 59.72. Kohli also has 3 hundreds to his name against the Proteas in Tests. His high score is 254*.
3. Rahul Dravid – 1252 runs
Current Indian Head Coach holds the 3rd spot in the list of 5 Indians with highest runs in India vs South Africa Tests. Dravid’s innings of 148 runs in 1997 in Johannesburg is still one amongst the best by any Indian on South African soil. The former Indian captain also has a brilliant record in playing under the tough conditions of South Africa. Dravid will use his experience in the current tour as the Head Coach of the Team India.
Rahul Dravid has 1252 runs in 21 Test matches he played against South Africa. He has five 50s to his name against the Rainbow nation and also has 2 centuries. His highest score is 148.
2. Virender Sehwag – 1306 runs
The classy Indian opener finds himself on the second spot of this list. His aggressive batting found success at the top of the order. Sehwag made his first Test century in South Africa while making his debut in South Africa. The way he played in his debut innings in the lower order made sure that India found a very talented player in Virender Sehwag. Virender Sehwag’s 101 still stands as one of India’s most memorable centuries on Test debut.
Sehwag has brilliant numbers against South Africa in Tests. He has 1306 runs in 15 Test Matches with an average of over 50. He has a mind-blowing highest score of 319 runs against the Proteas. Sehwag also has 5 centuries to his name against South Africa.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – 1741 runs
The God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar holds the 1st spot in the list of 5 Indians With Highest Runs In India Vs South Africa Tests. He has huge 1741 runs against the rainbow nation. The last Test Century of his career also came against the Proteas in the final test of the series in 2011 in Centurion. It was his 51st Test century and also the last one of his career. In an illustrious career that spanned over two decades, Sachin Tendulkar scored runs for fun.
Against South Africa, Sachin scored 1741 runs in 25 matches at an avearge of 40+. He has 7 hundreds to his name against South Africa which also include his highest score of 169 runs.
5 Indians With highest runs in India vs South Africa Tests
Virat Kohli is the only active player in this list. In this test series, he has a chance to make jumps to this list. He wants to give a reply to his critics by scoring huge runs. He might get to the second position if he performs according to his callibre. We will see how the Indian team performs in South Africa and if India will win the first series in South Africa.