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India vs South Africa Test history: Top 5 run-scorers in the iconic fixture

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:33 IST

One of the greatest opening pairs of all-time
One of the greatest opening pairs of all-time

India and South Africa have had a fascinating rivalry in the longer format of the game as the two giants of international cricket have competed in numerous pulsating battles over the years. With the abundance of talent on either side, scintillating action is what cricket enthusiasts have been treated with, every time India face South Africa in Test cricket.

Both nations have been blessed with some of the greatest batsmen of all-time which is why whenever they clash on the Test front, a plethora of runs are expected to be scored. Numerous big names have made their presence felt in this iconic fixture and a lot of runs have been scored in this matchup.

It is often said that the mark of a great batsman is the way he approaches a challenging battle. When it comes to India versus South Africa in Test cricket, some of the all-time greats have let their bat do the talking and here we list down the top five run-getters in the history of this fixture:

#5 Virender Sehwag - 1306 runs

First Test - India v South Africa: Day 3
First Test - India v South Africa: Day 3

The Nawab of Najafgarh made a name for himself as one of the most destructive batsmen to have ever played the beautiful game. The free-flowing Indian opener was a nightmare for the opposition bowlers as his sense of timing and aggressive approach kept the opposition skippers on their toes as to what next might the exuberant Virender Sehwag do.

In a career which spanned well over 14 years, Sehwag amassed a tremendous amount of runs but it was his style of play which mesmerized the cricket enthusiasts. Sehwag particularly enjoyed playing against the Proteas as he scored a total of 1306 runs in 15 Tests against them. Sehwag's highest Test score came against the Proteas in 2008 when smashed the South African bowlers all around the park as scored 319 runs off 304 balls to exhibit one of the most dominating batting displays to have ever been witnessed in international cricket.

With an average of 50.23 and five Test 100s to his name against South Africa, it is safe to say that Sehwag's numbers vindicate the fact that he savoured facing South Africa in the longer format of the game.

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