The third and final Test between India and South Africa will be played in Cape Town. The series ended in a 1-1 draw. This match will be very special.
India vs South Africa: The final battle between India and South Africa has now reached Cape Town. Teamindia, who made history at the Centurion, suffered a setback in Johannesburg. South Africa won the second Test by 7 wickets to tie the series 1-1. The third Test is set to begin on Tuesday in Cape Town. Team India and South African players have the potential to achieve some special success in Cape Town. Let’s take a look at them once.
Virat Kohli has a chance to stand on par with great captain Steve Waugh in Cape Town. Steve Waugh has won 41 Tests as captain. Virat Kohli was just one win away from leveling him. If Virat Kohli wins the Cape Town Test, he will become the first Indian captain to win a series in South Africa and equals Steve Waugh. Apart from this, Virat Kohli can also achieve special success in the Cape Town Test as a batsman. Virat Kohli has scored 146 runs in Cape Town, while he has completed 8000 runs in Test cricket. Not only this, if he takes 2 catches, 100 catches will be completed in Test cricket.
The Cape Town Test is also very special for Ravichandran Ashwin. If Ashwin takes 5 wickets, he will surpass Kapil Dev as the bowler who has taken the most Test wickets after Kumble. Currently, Ashwin takes 430 wickets in Test cricket and Kapil Dev 434 wickets.
Cheteshwar Pujara is also likely to push back Dilip Vengsarkar. After scoring 8 in Cape Town, Pujara Dilip Vengsarkar crossed the 6668 mark. Pujara is also likely to complete 7000 runs in Tests.
The Cape Town Test will also witness special statistics for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane completes 5000 runs in Test cricket immediately after scoring 79 runs. He will be the 13th player from India to achieve this feat. Not only that, if Rahane catches in the Cape Town Test, 100 catches will be completed in this format.
Mohammad Shami, who is in excellent form, is also close to a special half-century. If Shami takes five wickets in Cape Town, he will have 50 Test wickets to his name against South Africa. Only Ashwin, Harbhajan and Anil Kumble have taken 50 Test wickets against South Africa.
Kagiso Rabada will play his 50th Test in Cape Town. Rabada played just 49 matches for South Africa and took 226 wickets. His bowling average was 22.57.
South Africa opener Aiden Markram is also close to 2000 Test runs. The South African opener needs 124 runs in Cape Town to reach this number.
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