After leveling the T20I series 1-1, India and South Africa are all set to lock horns in the three-match Test series starting on October 2 in Vizag.
The last Test series between the two teams was played early last year in South Africa where India was expected to do well, yet ended up losing the series 2-1.
As for South Africa, they last visited India at the end of 2015 and had a horror Test series, losing the contest 3-0.
In this year’s Freedom Series, both teams have a lot to play for in what is expected to be another closely contested tussle.
ICC Ranking: First
Coach: Ravi Shastri
Won vs. West Indies by 257 runs in Jamaica
Won vs West Indies by 318 runs in Antigua
Draw vs. Australia in Sydney
Won vs. Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne
Lost vs. Australia by 146 runs in Perth
Won vs. Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.
Top-ranked batsman: Virat Kohli (2nd)
Top ranked bowler: Ravindra Jadeja (11th)
ICC Ranking: Third
Coach: Enoch Nkwe
Lost vs. Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Port Elizabeth
Lost vs. Sri Lanka by one wicket in Durban
Won vs Pakistan by 107 runs in Johannesburg
Won vs. Pakistan by nine wickets in Cape Town
Won vs. Pakistan by six wickets in Centurion
Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.
Top ranked batsman: Aiden Markram (10th)
Top ranked bowler: Kagiso Rabada (2nd)
Head to head
India wins: 11
South Africa wins: 15
Last three series
South Africa beat India 2-1 in three-match Test series at home in 2018
India beat South Africa 3-0 in four-match Test series at home in 2015
South Africa beat India 1-0 in two-match Test series at home in 2013