SA vs IND: Here’s how Team India has fared out in Boxing Day Tests

The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as the Indian team gears up to lock horns with South Africa in the much-awaited Boxing Day Test starting from December 26 at Centurion.

With the ODI series win under their belt, India enters the red ball format with high spirits. On the other hand, undefeated against India in Test cricket on home soil, South Africa is also brimming with confidence. As both teams gear up for an exhilarating encounter, let’s delve into the historical context and past records of the Indian team in Boxing Day Tests over the years.

India’s Boxing Day Test history and last outing

India’s journey in Boxing Day Tests have been a mix of triumphs, challenges, and draws. With a total of seventeen matches played, the Indian team has secured victories in just four games. Nevertheless, despite the less-than-ideal record, the team’s last triumph against South Africa in 2021 in the prestigious battle adds a glimmer of hope as they step into Centurion for the upcoming challenge as they aim for a historic series win against the Proteas Men.

India’s record in Boxing Day Tests

Matches played: 17 | Won: 4 | Lost: 10 | Drawn: 3

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Top performers for India in Boxing Day Tests

Individual performances often define the outcome of Test matches, and some Indian players have left an indelible mark on Boxing Day Tests. So, here are the highest individual scores and best bowling figures by Indian players in this prestigious competition:

Highest individual scores:

  • Virender Sehwag: 195 (223) vs Australia in Melbourne (2003)
  • Virat Kohli: 169 (272) vs Australia in Melbourne (2014)
  • Ajinkya Rahane: 147 (171) vs Australia in Melbourne (2014)

Best bowling figures:

  • Jasprit Bumrah: 6/33 vs Australia in Melbourne (2018)
  • Ravindra Jadeja: 6/138 vs South Africa in Durban (2013)
  • Anil Kumble: 6/176 vs Australia in Melbourne (2003)

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