Mail and Guardian – Such was the Portuguese delight at the discovery of a maritime route to India that John II, who ruled from 1481 to 1495, called the southwestern coast of the African continent the Cape of Good Hope.


  • Sourav Ganguly, who led India to a World Cup final on South African soil (2003) and then pushed for Greg Chappell, the Australian batting legend, to be appointed India’s coach, wasn’t part of the limited-overs squad that was thrashed 4-0.
  • But more than a year after Chappell, whose tough-love methods didn’t go down well in a dressing room used to John Wright’s more understated ways, insisted that Ganguly be stripped of the captaincy, Indian cricket’s prodigal son was drafted into the Test squad in time for a warm-up game in Potchefstroom.
  • Ganguly duly top scored in a famous Indian victory at the Wanderers (India’s first in South Africa) but the hosts, with Graeme Smith rediscovering a semblance of form, evened things up in Durban.
  • an amused Smith said to an Indian journalist who would not ask questions on any other subject — and then duelled with Steyn at Newlands in a Test that India would have won but for the bloody-mindedness of Jacques Kallis, the Wynberg boy who followed up a first-innings 161 with an unbeaten 109 after South Africa had slipped to 130 for 6, a lead of only 128.
  • Those victories in 2006 and 2010 are the only ones India have enjoyed in South Africa but they have come a long way from the side that were skittled for 100 and 66 in Durban 21 years ago.

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