The Indian cricket fans are known for being obsessed with stats, especially those who are in favor of Team India. An old stat resurfaced pertaining to Team India after Jasprit Bumrah picked his seventh five-wicket haul against South Africa in Cape Town. It went viral with even veteran cricketer Parthiv Patel sharing it. But former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra warned him against believing such stats, highlighting a similar from the Johannesburg Test where India suffered a loss.
After Jasprit Bumrah took 5 wickets and conceded just 42 runs as the Proteas got bundled out for 201, Parthiv Patel tweeted, “India has never lost a Test when #Bumrah has got a five-for. Looks like this will continue in Cape Town as well. #CricketTwitter #INDvSA.”
Jasprit Bumrah has now picked seven 5-fers in his career, his six previous came in – Johannesburg in 2018, Nottingham in 2018 and 2021, Melbourne in 2018, North Sound in 2019, and Kingston in 2019. India won all those Tests. Parthiv feels Cape Town Test will follow the same trend as the hosts failed to nullify the first-innings total, let alone take a lead over India.
However, Aakash highlighted that India had never lost a Test where Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane made a partnership of more than 100 runs, until the Johannesburg Test last week. The two veteran middle-order batters have been involved in six century partnerships and India won five of those Tests before losing by seven wickets in Johannesburg that helped South Africa level the ongoing three-match series.
Countering the tweet from Parthiv Pate, Aakash Chopra wrote: “Don’t want to jinx it but India had never lost a Test when Pujara-Rahane had a 100-run partnership too…till the last Test match at Johannesburg.”
Don’t want to jinx it but India had never lost a Test when Pujara-Rahane had a 100-run partnership too…till the last Test match at Johannesburg 🙈 https://t.co/9iAJ2bBfcl
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 12, 2022
India have never won a Test in Cape Town in five previous attempts, losing thrice, including one in their previous tour of 2018, and other two ended in a draw. However, after restricting South Africa with a first-innings deficit and adding to their lead of 70 runs at the end of Day 2 with eight wickets in hand, India will be eyeing to register their maiden win at the venue.