Virat Kohli’s odds look tough in India’s third test against South Africa in Cape Town

Jan 8, 2022

By: Sriram Iyer

India has never won a test match at the Newlands Cricket Ground in...

...Cape Town and the upcoming test will be the series decider.

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The final match will be held from January 11 to January 15.

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India has lost three of the five test matches played at Newlands, Cape Town, and drawn the other two.

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South Africa has won five out of the last seven tests in Cape Town, lost one (in 2020)...

... and drew one (in 2016), both against England.

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Newlands is one of the few grounds that’s good for spinners, but the...

...Indian team has never really been able to capitalise on it.

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In the current squad, other than R Ashwin, there is only one spinner, Jayant Yadav.

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Jayant Yadav, with 16 wickets from 5 tests in his career, has played only 2 tests for India since 2017.

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The pitch at Cape Town has also been a high scoring one in...

...recent times with at least three scores of over 600 in recent years.

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South African opener Dean Elgar, who led the Proteas to victory at the Wanderers, averages over 50 at Newlands

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In 2018, Elgar broke the record of Desmond Haynes at Cape Town by batting...

...through the innings, remaining not out at 141, while all other batters fell to Australian bowlers.

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Meanwhile, none of the current Indian batters have any record of significance in Newlands, Cape Town.

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