Test Cricket Tours - India to South Africa 1996-97
Tour of South Africa 1996-97Captain: Sachin Tendulkar
India's 36th Test tour
Second Test-playing tour ofSouth Africa by India
(December 1996 -
India played its first ‘back-to-back’ Test series with three Test matches against South Africa in India followed by three more on South African soil. India won the first series 2-1 on their own pitches, but never adjusted to the conditions in South Africa, and lost 2-0.
There were disagreements about the tour group’s batting selection, with Jadeja, Manjrekar, Sidhu and Kambli left at home, the last two for disciplinary reasons. This left India without a reliable pair of openers. Commentators spotted a malaise about the tour party (Zimbabwe's coach saying “I have yet to see such a jaded, dispirited side"). Tendulkar was too easy-going as skipper while Madan Lal was too severe as coach and the physiotherapist not up to keeping the players fit. More than this, the side was worn down by extensive travelling and the relentless schedule.
Two down by the time of the third Test, the tensions grew as their chances of seizing the final Test were stolen away by excessive delays for bad light. South Africa held out for an exciting draw with only two wickets left standing. Ganguly and Dharmani were fined a quarter of their match fees for reacting to an appeal while Azharuddin was let offafter a "severewarning" from the match referee.
Administrative manager Sunil Dev, secretary of the Delhi District Cricket Association, was also themanager of the Indian side that toured South Africa under Mohammad Azharuddin in 1993
Ramakant Desai (chairman), Sambaran Bannerjee, M Pandove, K M Rungta, and Shivlal Yadav.
Unavailable: Kambli did not win consideration from the selectors who had dropped him for 'disciplinary reasons' after the World Cup last March. Nor did they consider Navjot Singh Sidhu who was suspended by the BCCI for 90 days in September for leaving mid-way through last summer's English tour.
Tour Party Announced :
The selectors included 3 wicket keepers; Desai justified the selection by claiming that Dharmani had been picked as a batsman.
Not selected : AdayJadeja, Sunil Joshi,Wasim Jaffer, Sanjay Manjrekar and pace bowler Abey Kuruvilla.
One-day squad announced:12 January 1997.
S A Ankola (Mb), Ajay Jadeja (Hy), Sunil Joshi (K) and Robin Singh (TN) were brought in for the one-day internationals while Dharmani, Johnson, Raju and Raman would go home.
Time between selection and departure from India
(announced - depart Ind)
The team flew from Bombay.Arrival 19 December 1996 and went to Port Elizabeth for their first match
To Zimbabwe in February for two one-day internationals (played 13 and 15 Feb)
Time spent in South Africax days
(19 December - depart Host)
On-tour selection committee
Dharmani was retained for the one-day internationals because Laxman returned to India with a broken finger.
SOUTH AFRICAFirst Test
LOST 328 r
Natal Invitation XI
Lost 52 r
SOUTH AFRICASecond Test
Won 7 w
SOUTH AFRICAThird Test
South Africa 1st ODI
Lost 39 r
Zimbabwe 2nd ODI
§ Port Elizabeth
South Africa 3rd ODI
Lost 6 w
§ East London
South Africa 4th ODI
Lost 6 w
Zimbabwe 5th ODI
Lost 3 w
Zimbabwe 6th ODI
Won 6 w
South Africa ODI Final
South Africa ODI Final
Lost 16 r
South Africa 'A'
Zimbabwe (1st ODI)
Lost 8 w
Zimbabwe (2nd ODI )
The match against Natal was an extra because the Test ended early and the players wanted more practice.The ODI Final needed to be restaged after it had been interrupted by rain.
Dravid played in every match in South Africa. Dharmani and Raju played in only 4 side matches
Dharmani, Johnson, Raju and Raman returned after the Test series. V V S Laxman also returned early from the South African tour with a fractured finger
The Indian team arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday 19 February, after their three-month tour of South Africa and a brief stopover in Zimbabwe. They had flown back from Harare where they left on ……
The team was due to go to Bermuda to play some exhibition games but these were postponed to the end of the next West indies tour to allow the players ten days at home before flying out to the Caribbean.