24.com – Cape Town – The recently concluded South Africa versus India three-Test series has bowled its way into cricket’s record books.
- It was the first occasion in Test history – that’s 2 294 Tests stretching back nearly 141 years to 1877 – where all 40 possible wickets fell in each Test of a series comprising three or more matches.
- No doubting the fact the state of the Centurion and Wanderers wickets, which both came in for severe criticism, helped make history.
- The Centurion pitch was likened to a typical subcontinent wicket, while the Wanderers track threatened at one stage to make unwanted history of its own as the players were led from the field early on Day 3 due to the dangerous conditions.
- Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was critical in his assessment of the wickets prepared, with the Wanderers in particular facing an uncertain future as a venue for upcoming matches as the ICC no doubt mulls a suitable punishment.
- For the record, the record number of wickets to fall in a four-Test series is 157, while in a five-Test series the record stands at 197.