Stats: Most International runs in a South Africa tour by a captain against the hosts

A skipper needs to leads to lead the team from the front and set an example for the rest of the team in order for them to thump oppositions and succeed in countries like South Africa.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Pitches in South Africa are mostly known for throwing challenges at the batsmen. The tracks generate prodigious seam movement along with steep bounce, which poses threat for overseas batsmen. The decks spew venom as the pace bowlers dictate terms to the opposition batsmen. From a batsman’s point of view, they always need to be on their toes and can’t afford complacency to sneak in.

However, there have been a few batsmen who have managed to stave off South Africa’s lethal bowling attack. They have shown grit, persistence and determination and scored runs on trying conditions against some fiery pieces of bowling. A skipper needs to leads to lead the team from the front and set an example for the rest of the team in order for them to thump oppositions and succeed in countries like South Africa.

The outstanding performers in South Africa

In our article, we take an insight into the highest runs by a captain in a tour of South Africa against the home team. The list is headed by Virat Kohli who is currently representing India in the ongoing One-Day International series in the African nation. He has tormented the Proteas attack and has racked up runs at will. He is followed by the legendary Brian Charles Lara who achieved the feat in the 2003-04 season.

Late Wally Hammond, the legendary English cricketer who died in 1965, holds the third position in the list. Ricky Ponting, the former Australian skipper, comes next in the list. The Tasmania-born cricketer accomplished the feat during Australia’s tour of South Africa back in 2005-06. Former Englishman Michael Atherton entered the elite list during England’s tour of the African nation in 1995-96 and is the only cricketer in the list to have played more than 10 games.

Here’s a detailed list of the players

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