Shukri Conrad delighted to keep Proteas' unbeaten record against India in tact

Shukri Conrad delighted to keep Proteas' unbeaten record against India in tact

Proteas red-ball coach Shukri Conrad has expressed his satisfaction at being able to defend their unbeaten record against India on home soil, but bemoaned the nature of the current series.

South Africa recorded a comprehensive innings-and-32-run victory over the number one ranked Test side in the world at SuperSport Park on Thursday, spearheaded by Dean Elgar's zestful 185-run innings and Kagiso Rabada and debutant Nandre Burger's impressive bowling displays.

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Prior to the start of the two-match Series, which will now head for Newlands in Cape Town, Conrad stressed the importance of maintaining their unblemished home run against India dating back to 1992.

"India have never beaten South Africa here [in South Africa]. If the series could be any bigger, that makes it bigger – it's just a shame that it's a two-Test series," said Conrad after the first Test ended inside just three days.

"There was every chance – if the [weather] forecast was to be believed – this Test could have easily been rain affected or rained out, and then you go to Cape Town for a shootout, and whoever wins claims the series.

"So, ja, it's a real shame, but look, it's massive for us [to be 1-0 up], we know what a quality side India is, but we also know what a quality side we are, especially at home, and it's a real pity that we don't play more Test matches at home."

The Proteas record against India in South Africa stands at 23 matches, 12 wins, 4 defeats and 7 draws – all spread over nine series, with all but one of these – which ended in a 1-1 draw in 2010/11 – going the way of the hosts.

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