Test matches between India and South Africa have produced some incredible contests over the years, with big names from both sides coming up with some memorable performances. Virender Sehwag has slammed a triple hundred, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis have notched up double centuries, and Herschelle Gibbs narrowly missed out on one.
Even if we look at the Visakhapatnam Test, Rohit Sharma has got a hundred in each innings in his very first effort as Test opener -- a new record. Further, Mayank Agarwal converted his maiden hundred into a double century.
For South Africa as well, opener Dean Elgar and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock came up with hundreds in the first innings.
Things have, however, not been easy a lot of times for prominent batsmen from either side. That is largely due to the presence of match-winning bowlers like Dale Steyn, Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin, who have dismissed quality players cheaply more than once.
In this feature, we take a look at five renowned batsmen who have been dismissed for zero three or more times in India-South Africa Tests.
Faf du Plessis (4)
The current South African captain has not enjoyed a great run against India; he has four ducks to his name in India-SA Tests.
It all began at Mohali in 2015, when he was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja 4th ball, and then managed only 1 from 6 in the second innings, this time falling to Ashwin. In the next Test at Bengaluru, where only one day’s play was possible, Du Plessis was sent back by Ashwin third ball.
In the 4th Test of the 2015 series at Delhi, the South African batsman’s woes continued as he was caught off Jadeja again, this time second ball. Du Plessis registered his fourth duck against India in the second innings of the Cape Town Test in January 2018, caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah of his fifth delivery. This time though he had contributed 62 as captain in the first innings as South Africa won by 72 runs.
Also see - England New Zealand schedule