The eighth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between India and South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton. At the World Cup stage, these two teams have met on numerous occasions.
Let’s have a look at some statistics.
As per the latest ICC ODI Rankings, India is at the second position, while South Africa holds the third place. When it is No 2 versus No 3 at the World Cup stage, the fans are sure to be treated by some superb cricketing skills on display.
Performance at the World Cup
Indian Cricket Team has played a total of 75 World Cup games. While the Indian team has tasted victory in 46 of these, they have lost 27. One was a no result and another ended in a tie.
On the other hand, South Africa made their World Cup debut in 1992. Since then, South Africa have featured in 57 World Cup games of which they have won 35, while in 20 games, they faced defeat. A couple of games were tied.
Have they been World Champions?
India has two World Cup titles to its credit. While Kapil Dev lifted the Trophy in 1983, India regained the trophy after 28 years when they defeated Sri Lanka in the finals in 2011. MS Dhoni led team India to their second World Cup win.
South Africa have been tagged “chokers” because of their incapability to handle pressure situations. As a result, South Africa has never won a World Cup title.
Post the 2015 World Cup
After the 2015 World Cup, Indian Cricket Team’s performance has improved year after year. As per the data available, India has played as many as 86 ODI matches post the 2015 World Cup, winning 56 and losing 27. Two games finished in a tie while another one had no result.
As far as South Africa are concerned, they have played 76 ODI games since the 2015 World Cup. In 47 of the games, the Proteas have tasted success while experienced defeat in 28 matches. One match finished with no result.
South Africa’s recent form in the World Cup has been a cause of concern. They have lost both their games so far – the first against England in the World Cup opener while the other against Bangladesh.
On the other side, India is yet to make its maiden appearance in World Cup 2019. In the Warm Up matches prior to the World Cup, India won a game against Bangladesh while had to face a defeat against New Zealand.
|Star Players||India||South Africa|
|Batsmen||Rohit Sharma||Quniton de Kock|
|Virat Kohli||Faf du Plessis|
|MS Dhoni||JP Duminy|
|Bowlers||Jasprit Bumrah||Kagiso Rabada|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Imran Tahir|
Venue: Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton
Where to view: Exclusive broadcast in India on Star Sports Network and Hotstar, in the UK on Sky Sports.