The BCCI complained that Cricket South Africa had announced a tour itinerary without consulting them.Then the Indian Board’s decision to stage two extra home Test matches against West Indies cut into the time available. Relations between Cricket South Africa and the BCCI became sour as a three-Test itinerary preceded by seven one-dayers and two Twenty 20 matches was chopped down to a mere six matches.
Only when CSA agreed that their CEO Haroon Lorgat would not take part in future dealings concerning India was the tour confirmed. The revised schedule permitted only two days’ preparation on South African soil, and India were heavily defeated in both one-day internationals that could be completed. Following the death of former president Nelson Mandela the only practice match was shifted by a day but eventually could not be played anyway owing to heavy rainfall.
South Africa gained a 1-0 Test series win against India.This was the first Test tour that India had made with none of the batting line-up that had served so well in the last twenty years: Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Sehwag. But the key Indian batsmen Pujara and Kohli showed they were not shaken by the fast bowling pounding they had taken in the one-day series. While fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma took 4 wickets each when dismissing South Africa at Johannesburg, otherwise the bowling was too ordinary to dismiss the home side. The South Africans came within 8 runs of reaching a target of 458 and the match was left drawn. In the next Test at Durban the home side ran out comfortable winners by ten wickets.
Sandeep Patil (West - chairman),Saba Karim (East), Vikram Rathore (North),Rajinder Singh Hans (Central) and Roger Binny (South).The selectors met in Vadodara.
Unavailable :Sachin Tendulkar retired after the Mumbai Test against West Indies.
Test Tour Party Announced:25 November 2013.
Omitted :Amit Mishra,Gautam Gambhir.Although the selectors covered every other position with a reserve, they took only two opening batsmen.
Limited-overs squad announced:Also on 25 November.
Time between selection and departure from India
(25 November - 1 December)
Departure for the sixteen members of the ODI squad was from the International Airport, Mumbai, late on Sunday 1 December 2013. They arrived in Johannesburg on the morning of 2 December, and the team bus took them to the Sandton Sun Hotel for the media conference.
The B.C.C.I. sent the Test specialists (Zaheer Khan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wridhiman Saha and Pragyan Ojha) who were not part of the ODI squad, to South Africa early for acclimatisation.
Time spent in South Affrica
(2 - 31 December)
On-tour selection committee
Duncan Fletcher (coach),M S Dhoni (captain),
Original tour itinerary
…announced by CSA on 9 July 2013.
A shortened tour programme (see Results below) agreed between Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was announced in late October
South Africa(1st T20)
⊕ Cape Town
South Africa(2nd T20)
South Africa(1st ODI)
§ Port Elizabeth
South Africa(2nd ODI)
§ East London
South Africa(3rd ODI)
South Africa(4th ODI)
South Africa(5th ODI)
South Africa(6th ODI)
§ Cape Town
South Africa(7th ODI)
SOUTH AFRICAFirst Test
SOUTH AFRICASecond Test
SOUTH AFRICAThird Test
The tour was not confirmed until 21 October and the programme not agreed until 30 October.
•Virat Kohli scorred 119 in the first Innings at Johannesburg and 96 in the second innings
•Pujara scored 153 at Johannesburg, adding 222 together with Kohli for the third wicket
•Fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma took 4 wickets each dismissing South Africa at Johannesburg
•Vijay scored 97 and Rahane 96 at Durban - so three batsmen were out in the nineties in the series.
•Jadeja took six wickets for 138 runs at Durban
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
⊕ 20/20 internationals
Return to India
Limited-overs specialists Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra returned ….
The tour had to end on 30 December to avoid the BCCI’s contract with sponsors Sahara extending into 2014.
The team landed at Mumbai International airport on 1 January arriving around midnight. While the team went to their designated hotel, Virat Kohli was picked up by girlfriend Anushka Sharma's chauffeur-driven BMW to spend New Year at her private party
Time away from India
(1 December to 1 January)
Cricket South Africa stood to lose R175 million because of the shortened series.
Accounts of the tour
While the BCCI were happy with the performance of coach Duncan Fletcher, they had lost confidence in Joe Dawes and were looking for a new bowling coach.