Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team will begin their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 quest against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton and they will be determined to get their campaign off to a great start. The South African side are currently low on confidence, having lost two of their games against England and Bangladesh. Faf du Plessis’ side are currently reeling with injuries to Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi while both the batting and bowling have not clicked as a unit. When it comes to South Africa and India in ICC World Cups, the Proteas hold a slight advantage but when it comes to overall encounters, India holds a massive edge. Here are some of the key numbers in contests between India and South Africa.
3 – Number of wins for South Africa in four ICC Cricket World Cup encounters. South Africa won in 1992, 1999 and 2011 but India won their last encounter in the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne.
2 – Number of centuries in World Cup contests between India and South Africa. Only India’s batsmen have hit centuries against South Africa in the World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar was the first with 111 in the 2011 clash in Nagpur while Shikhar Dhawan blasted 137 in Melbourne in 2015.
165 – the most number of runs in India vs South Africa contests in World Cup. Jacques Kallis holds the record for most runs, having hit 96 and 69 in two World Cup contests in 1999 and 2011.
307 – The highest score in contests between India and South Africa in World Cups. India smashed that score in the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne. South Africa has also hit 300 in the 2011 World Cup in Nagpur.
137 – The highest individual score in World Cup clashes between India and South Africa. Dhawan holds the record when he smashed the Proteas in Melbourne in 2015.
9 – Number of wins for India in all ICC contests against South Africa. In the World Cup, India has won only once but in the ICC Champions Trophy and the World T20, India have won four games apiece.
6 – the most number of wickets in India vs South Africa contests by a bowler in World Cups. Dale Steyn leads the pack.
1 – Only one five-wicket haul has been taken in contests between India and South Africa in the World Cup. Steyn took 5/50 in the 2011 World Cup clash in Nagpur.