India won this series 3-0, just after winning 3-0 against the West Indies by the same margin. Thus India won two successive home T20I series with 3-0 clean sweeps.
The last series between India and SL was in July 2021, when SL won 2-1 against a depleted Indian team visiting the island. Earlier India had won 3-0 against Sri Lanka at home in Dec 2017.
Overall resultsin T20Is:
India continued its dominance at home, though SL has done better at home and at neutral venues.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (150 or more):
Dhawan leads here, while Kohli and RG Sharma are joint second.
RG Sharma is the only one with a century, and Kohli the only one with 4 50+ scores.
SS Iyer made 3 fifties in this series.
Highest innings (60 and above):
While RG Sharma has the highest score in these matches, he failed to cross 60 in this series. Ishan Kishan’s 89 was the highest in this series. Apart from SS Iyer’s consistency, there were also good innings by Nissanka and MD Shanaka this time.
There is not enough data for meaningful analysis of batting averages and strike rates.
Most wickets (8 and above):
No one has taken 5wi in these matches. YS Chahal is the only one with 2 4wis.
Chahal has the most wickets, closely followed by Chameera.
Best innings bowling (including all 3wi):
Ashwin and Hasaranga (PWH de Silva) have the best innings figures. The best in this series was 2-9 by B Kumar.
Again, we do not have enough data for bowling averages etc.
Most dismissals (5 and above):
Led by Dhoni, while HH Pandya has the most dismissals by a fielder.
Most innings dismissals (3 and above):
Dhoni leads again. No one else has taken more than 2 dismissals in an innings.
Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match:
No good performances in this series. Yuvraj’s performance in 2009 is clearly the best, while Ashwin’s would be next best.
The series in 2021-22 resulted in a 2-1 win for South Africa, after India won the first Test. India has failed to win a Test series in SA, although they have won at least one series in all other countries. The best India has done there is an 1-1 draw in 2010-11. The 2021-22 series followed the pattern of 2006-07 where India won the first Test but lost the next two.
Here is an overall summary of Tests between these two countries:
SA leads India 17-15 overall. Both sides appear to have strong home advantages.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (500 or more):
Led by Tendulkar and Kallis.
These two have the most centuries (7)
Amla, Kallis and Tendulkar have the most 50+ scores (12).
From the above table, the best by current players is 1236 by Kohli, followed by Rahane, Pujara and Elgar with 800+. RG Sharma is further down.
Highest innings (125 or more):
The highest by current players are 254* by Kohli, followed by double centuries by MA Agarwal and RG Sharma. But no one crossed 125 in this series.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Kallis has the highest average, followed by Kohli at some distance. Other current players here are Rahane, Elgar and Pujara.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):
Sehwag and Azharuddin lead here. Among current players there are RG Sharma (in 3rd place), Kohli and Rahane. Also note Dravid at the bottom of this list.
Most wickets (12 or more):
Led Kumble, followed by Steyn and Srinath at a distance. Ashwin (56) has the most by a current player, followed by Shami, Rabada and Jadeja. Also note M Jansen with 19 in his debut series.
The most 5-fors are 5 by Steyn and Ashwin. No one has taken more than one 10-for.
Best innings bowling (includes all 6wi and more):
The best performance was an 8-for by Klusener on his debut.
Current players here include SN Thakur, Ashwin and Ngidi.
Thakur’s 7-61 in this series is the best for India against SA, surpassing the earlier record of 7-66 by Ashwin (Nagpur, 2015) and 7-120 by Harbhajan (Cape Town, 2011) which was India’s best in SA.
Best match performances (includes all 8wm and more):
Led by Ashwin and Donald with 12-fors, and 10-fors by Steyn, Pollock and V Prasad.
Current players here include Ashwin, Jadeja and Ngidi.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Headed by Donald and Jadeja (!) Current players here include Jadeja, Shami, Ashwin and Rabada.
We now proceed to study the Test bowling performances during the calendar year 2021.
Most wickets (minimum 20):
Led by R Ashwin, with SS Afridi a little behind.
The most 5wis are 5 by Hasan Ali and AR Patel.
No one has taken more than one 10wm.
A number of newcomers did well, such as AR Patel and M Siraj (Ind), OE Robinson (Eng) and RTM Mendis (SL).
Best innings bowling (including all 6wi and above):
Pride of place would go to AY Patel’s 10-119 although his team still lost. This was the 3rd 10wi in all Tests, and the best innings bowling for New Zealand. SM Boland’s 6-7 was one of the best figures on debut. JE Root’s occasional bowling got him 5-8.
Best match bowling (including all 9wm and above):
AY Patel and Sajid Khan again have the top 2 positions. And AR Patel’s 11-70 is the best match bowling in a day-night match.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled):
Only 3 bowlers make the cutoff of 2000 balls. R Ashwin has the best average and strike rate, while JM Anderson has the best economy rate.
India won the 2-Test series 1-0. The summary of all Tests between these teams is
Both sides have considerable home advantage.
The neutral Test at Southampton in 2021 is India’s only neutral Test.
The second Test has a host of records, including the lowest total against India (62) and India’s highest innings margin (372 runs). Both these records were earlier held by South Africa in their series in 2015. These previous records were 79 at Nagpur and 337 runs at Delhi.
We now proceed to individual perfomances in bowling.
Most wickets (35 and above):
Current player JM Anderson leads by a large margin, while his partner SCJ Broad is also close to the top. Ashwin and I Sharma are also in the top half.
The most 5wis are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Ashwin and Botham.
Innings bowling (all instances of 7wi and above):
This includes 7-46 by JK Lever on debut, while Jadeja’s 7-48 in 2016 is the best in recent years.
Match bowling (all instances of 10wm and above):
The only one with 2 10 wms is AV Bedser, who achieved this in his first two Tests in 1946.
Botham’s 13-114 marked the first instance of a century and 10+ wickets in the same match.
JK Lever’s 10-70 along with 50 on debut remains the only instance of 10wm plus fifty on debut.
AR Patel’s 11-70 is the only one in the a current series, although Ashwin has better figures from 2016.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):
The averages are topped by the unexpected Illingworth and JK Lever. Anderson has the best average among current players.
The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni.
The best strike rates are by JK Lever and Willis.
Best fielding performances:
Most dismissals (20 and above):
Dhoni has the most dismissals, although Kirmani has the most stumpings and AN Cook the most catches by a non-keeper.
Innings fielding performances (5 and above):
The most dismissals in an innings is 7 by RW Taylor, in the same Test of Botham’s century plus 13w. Yajurvindra Singh has the most by a non-keeper (5) which he made on debut. This remains a share in the world record of 5 catches in an innings, which is now held by several other players including AM Rahane.
Match fielding performances (6 and above):
This record is also held by RW Taylor’s 10 in Botham’s match.
Yajurvidra Singh and KL Rahul have 7 catches by non-keepers, Yajurvindra doing so on debut.