CENTURION: Indian cricket team set numerous records in their historic victory against South Africa in the first Test, here on Thursday.
India’s triumph over South Africa in the first Test helped the men in blue equal their five-year-old record for the second-highest number of Test victories in a calendar year. In 2021, the number one team won eight games.
India also became the first Asian team to defeat South Africa in a Test match in Centurion.
With India’s Boxing Day Test victory over the Proteas. Virat Kohli, the Indian Test captain, became the first Asian captain to win two Boxing Day Tests. In 2018, the 33-year-old won his first Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Kohli also made history by becoming the first Indian captain to win at least two Tests in England, Australia, and South Africa.
The Indian skipper also became the fourth captain with the most victories in the longest format of the game; winning 40 matches.
KL Rahul, India’s first-innings centurion, also set two splendid records. After Wasim Jaffer’s 116 in the 2007 series in Cape Town, the right-handed batter became only the second Indian opener to score a century against South Africa.
Rahul also became only the third Indian batter after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli to score a century in South Africa’s citadel.