India-South Africa to celebrate 30-year anniversary of cricketing ties during Johannesburg Test

The opening ball of the second Test between India and South Africa will be bowled on January 3. Ironically, the first home post-isolation Test Match took place 30 years earlier at the same ground, against the same opponents.

“Part of the celebration and recognition of the most memorable moments and persons in the 30-year history of the stadium is the celebration and recognition of the most iconic moments and personalities in the 30-year history of the stadium,” according to a statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The stadium will showcase the top 100-player Hall of Fame (domestic, overseas, women, and men) who have graced the iconic wicket since the ICC unbanning. Off-the-field superstars who have made important contributions to the development of the stadium and cricket in the province will also be honoured. The Kings, Queens, Dignitaries, and Iconic Entertainment Legends will be honoured on the Walk of Fame. 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2009 IPL, FIFA 2010 Goodwill Match, 2015 Greatest ODI Ever, and other iconic moments will be honoured.

A multi-pronged campaign, including a socio-economic development program, would be launched to welcome people from all walks of life to the stadium.

When the Indian cricket team toured South Africa for four Tests and seven One-Day Internationals from October 29, 1992, to January 6, 1993, Test number 1201 took place at the Wanderers Stadium from November 26 to 30, 1992. South Africa, captained by Kepler Wessels, won the four-match series 1-0, with Allan Donald awarded player of the series.

The 66-year-old stadium, which opened on September 22, 1956, hosted its first international Test match in 1956, which England won by 131 runs. Several international matches were held in the arena, including the memorable 1966/67 Australian trip, in which Graeme Pollock scored 274 points. In 1970, South Africa defeated Australia by 307 runs in the penultimate Test before being banned from international cricket.