In the fourth Test of India’s tour of England in 2018, the home team batted first and put 246 on the board. In response, the visitors took a lead of 27 runs, thanks to Pujara’s unbeaten knock of 132. For England, Moeen Ali scalped a fifer. England in the second innings to post 271, and take a lead of 244 runs. Half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Kohli were not enough for the visitors, as they eventually fell short by 60 runs. As a result, they lost the Test series as well.
The second Test of the 2018 South Africa tour was played at Centurion. After opting to bat first, South Africa team posted 335 on the board. India responded well to score 307 on the board. In the second innings, AB de Villiers took charge for the Proteas to help them post a target of 287 for the visitors. Rohit (47) and Mohammed Shami (28) were the top run-scorers for the visitors, as the visitors were bundled out for 151. Young pacer, Lungi Ngidi scalped six wickets to help South Africa seal the series.
This was the third Test of India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. India could post a total of 223 on the board in the first innings. Then, South Africa responded by scoring 210. In India’s second innings, Indian team post a total of 198, and have a lead of only 211 runs. Van der Dussen and Bavuma ensured there were no further hiccups and chased down the total to win the series 2-1.
In the first Test of India’s tour of England in 2018, the home team posted a total of 287 on the board. In reply, the Indian team scored 274. In the second innings, Ishant Sharma picked up a fifer and restricted England to 180. Chasing 194, the Indian top-order failed to provide a good start to the team. However, Kohli was dismissed when the Indian team still needed 53. Ben Stokes scalped four wickets, and the Indian team fell short by 31 runs, in a comparatively easier chase.
This was the fifth and final Test match of India’s tour of England 2021, which was rescheduled to 2022 due to the Covid-19 cases in the Indian camp. Ahead of this game, India led the series 2-1. The Indian team was able to pick up only three wickets, and the series was levelled 2-2. This meant that the Indian team would now have to wait for the next tour to secure their first Test series victory in England after 2007.