India vs South Africa, 2019: 3rd Test – Statistical Preview

All the key stats and numbers ahead of the final game of the 3-match Test series in Ranchi.

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After breaking the world record for most consecutive home Test series win, the Indian team now awaits for their maiden Test series whitewash against South Africa. The Proteas will look to avoid the whitewash and add first points on the World Test Championship table. The visitors will step into Ranchi Test without Keshav Maharaj and Aiden Markram who caught up injuries in Pune Test. The Ranchi stadium has hosted only one Test thus far – India vs Australia in 2017 which ended in a draw.

All the key stats and numbers ahead of the final game of the 3-match Test series in Ranchi:

16 – Number of wickets South Africa has taken in the going Test series; the fewest by them in any Test series of two or more matches. The fewest number of wickets they ever took in a 3-match Test series was 30 during the 1912 Test series against Australia in England. The Proteas need at least 14 wickets in Ranchi Test to avoid recording their worst performance.


48 – Number of sixes hit by both the teams in this Test series thus far; the 2nd most in any Test series in India. The most number of sixes in a Test series is 65 maximums during the 2013/14 Ashes hosted by Australia.

India alone hit 34 sixes in this series which are the most by them in any Test series. The most number of sixes in a Test series by a team are 40 by Australia in the 2013/14 home Ashes. The most sixes in a series by an individual is 15 by Shimron Hetmyer. India’s Rohit Sharma is only three maximums away from breaking this record.

87.81 – The South Africans have a bowling average of 87.81 in this series; easily the worst for them in any Test series. (Min: 1000 balls) The previous lowest was 61 during the 1924 away Test series against England.

89.12 – Average runs India added per wicket in this series; the 2nd most by them in any multi-match Test series. India scored 96.96 runs per wicket during the 2-match Test series against Zimbabwe at home in 2000.

1902 – Rohit Sharma needed 98 more runs to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket. Rohit will become the 4th player with 2000+ runs in all three formats of international cricket when he gets those 98 runs.

2006 – If South Africa loses the last test, it will be their first whitewash in a 3 or more match test series since the 0-3 against Australia at home in 2006. The last instance of the Proteas getting whitewashed in an away Test series of 3+ matches was during their 2001/02 tour of Australia. Till date, South Africa has been whitewashed in a Test series on five instances; all against Australia and England. (Min: 3 matches)

4956Virat Kohli needs 44 more runs to become the first Indian captain and overall the 6th to complete 5000 runs in Test cricket. The Indian skipper will be the quickest to 5000 Test runs as captain when he scores those 44 runs.