7 The number of wickets claimed by Shardul Thakur in South Africa's first innings of the second Test match in Johannesburg are now the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in South Africa. (A) Thakur's figures are now the second-best figures by an Indian bowler on African soil after Irfan Pathan's 7/59 in Harare in 2005. Incidentally, Thakur's performance is now the joint-fourth best by any visiting bowler on South African soil and the joint-second best by any visiting pacer since WW1. (B) Also, his 7/61 is the fourth-best by an Indian paceman on foreign soil. (C) and overall, the seventh-best figures by an Indian paceman in Test cricket. It is also the-third best figures against South Africa. (D) and the third-best bowling by an Indian paceman. (E) — both in a losing cause.

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Best innings bowling figures in each Test playing country for India (A)


** Kumble's figures were against Pakistan

** Prasanna is the only bowler to claim an eight or more wicket haul in New Zealand

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Best bowling by visiting bowlers in South Africa since WW1 (B)

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Best bowling by an Indian paceman on foreign soil (C)


Best bowling against South Africa in a lost cause (D)


Best bowling by Indian pacemen in a lost cause (E)


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7 The number of Test sides to successfully chase targets of 200+ against India. South Africa, by winning in Johannesburg and Cape Town has become the first side to do so this on three separate occasions, when no one (England, Australia, West Indies and New Zealand) else has done it more than once against India.

Highest successful run chases of 200-plus against India in Test cricket

+ converted to six ball overs. In the Perth Test Indian bowlers delivered 87.2 eight-ball overs.

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10 The number of consecutive tosses won by India across all formats in international cricket, when it won the toss in the Cape Town Test match. This equals its best of maximum tosses it has won consecutively in international cricket. The last time India lost a toss in an international game was against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Nov 3, 2021 in the T20 World Cup. Since then, the side has won 10 tosses in a row.

Consecutive toss wins across all formats for India

                                                          FORMAT                              RESULT

* in progress + also one tie

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1 The number of occasions when 20 batters from a side were dismissed ‘caught’ in a Test match. First time in Test cricket history a side (India) lost all its 20 wickets in a single Test match to catches! In the recent Cape Town Test 20 Indian batters were dismissed caught in both the innings of the match.

Most batters dismissed ‘caught’ from one side in a Test match

Note:In a Test match at the MCG all 20 South African wickets fell to 18 catches and two stumpings against Australia in February 1932!


55 The number of times Indian batters were dismissed ‘caught’ in this series. This is the first time in a three match Test series over 50 batters were dismissed in this manner.

Summary of Indian batters dismissed ‘caught’ in the series.


Most batsmen dismissed ‘caught’ from one side in a Test match (in a three match series)


All records are correct and updated until the end of the Cape Town Test on Jan 14, 2022