Humiliated in Australia solely 19 days in the past, Sri Lanka created shock waves by defeating South Africa in South Africa 2-Zero in a Check sequence.
They grew to become solely the third nation – after England and Australia – and the one Asian nation – to win a Check sequence in South Africa.
What an unimaginable turnaround involving 4 international locations – Australia, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa – within the final three months! Topsy-turvy outcomes certainly.
India beat Australia 2-1 within the four-Check sequence in Australia. It may have been Three-1 however for rains within the remaining Sydney Check. Australia retaliated by thrashing Sri Lanka 2-Zero within the 2-Check sequence in Australia.
Then Sri Lanka obtained again of their groove by beating South Africa 2-Zero in one other two-Check sequence in South Africa.
To me, the frequent think about these outcomes was: no century, no victory! Let me clarify.
Three Indians scored 5 centuries within the sequence in opposition to Australia concluding in January 2019. Man of the Collection Cheteshwar Pujara registered three of them; 123 within the first Check in Adelaide, 106 within the third Check in Melbourne and 193 within the fourth Check in Sydney.
Skipper Virat Kohli hit 123 within the second Check in Perth and wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant an unbeaten 159 in Sydney.
Not one Australian may register 100.
It was fairly the reverse within the sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka. 4 centuries have been belted by 4 Aussie bats: Joe Burns 180, Travis Head 161, Kurtis Patterson 114 not out and Usman Khawaja 101 not out –within the Canberra Check.
Not one Sri Lankan may attain three figures in both Check. And Australia received the sequence 2-Zero by big margins.
Identical sample was famous when Sri Lanka toured South Africa this month. Man of the Collection Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera made an imposing and unbeaten 153 which resulted in a shock one-wicket win within the first Check in Durban.
However no South African may rating a century in both Check to show my principle of centuries contributing to victories in these successive Check sequence.
Has this ever occurred earlier than in three Check sequence involving 4 international locations in succession?
Not that bowlers didn’t contribute to their international locations’ latest victories: India’s Jasprit Bumrah in opposition to Australia, Australia’s Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in opposition to Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal in opposition to South Africa.
However the frequent contributing think about these three Check sequence was: “No ton, no sequence received.”