Home Sports News A chance for Captain Virat to create history in clean sweeps record
New Delhi: India on the verge of the clean sweep against South Africa in test series at Ranchi. But this depends upon the weather also, due to bad light second-day play was also affected. India declared their first inning 497 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. The second day was Rohit Sharma show.
Rohit converted his ton into double ton on the second day. He scored 212 runs, his best in the test. He was supported well by Anjinkaya Rahane who scored 115 runs. In the end, Ravindra Jadeja 51 and Umesh Yadav 31 helped India to go closer to 500. Before the day 2 stump, Shami and Umesh two South African batsmen in the pavilion at just 9 runs.
Indians fans will be hoping for the clean sweep so as the team India. India has 5 clean sweeps in test history. (Three or more than three test Match Series )
India vs England 3-0, 1992/93- Captain Mohammad Azharuddin
India vs Sri Lanka 3-0, 1993/94- Captain Mohammad Azharuddin
India vs Australia 4-0, 2013/14 -Captain MS Dhoni
India vs Newzeland 3-0, 2016/17 -Captain Virat Kohli
India vs SriLanka 3-0, 2017/18- Captain Virat Kohli
As the record says Virat Kohli and former captain Mohammad Azharuddin have two clean sweeps. Virat has a great chance to become the first captain to clinch hattrick of clean sweeps series. Under Virat, Indian bowlers are doing a great job. Earlier Indian pitches were suitable to spinners only but Indian bowlers change the whole scenario, even they are dangerous in Indian conditions. The whole world cricket is praising the Indian bowling attack. Former captain Kapil Dev said in an interview that he dreamt of this bowling attack and he feels proud.
India has never clean-swept South Africa in a Test series, though the two teams have been engaged in the longest format of the game against each other for the past 27 years, having played the first Test series in 1992-93 and nine more after that. The last time the two sides played each other when India toured South Africa in 2017-18, the hosts won the 3-match series 2-1. Prior to that when India hosted the Freedom Trophy in 2015, the home side clinched the 4-match series 3-0 with a match drawn.