Centurion may enjoy a lovely temperate climate but the cricket is invariably hot at SuperSport Park and the 22 Tests the ground has hosted have produced numerous highlights.
Perhaps none more memorable than Jacques Kallis notching his maiden Test double-century there, when India last tackled the Proteas at SuperSport Park, back in December 2010.
By that stage of his career, Kallis was already well-established as one of the leading batsmen the game had known, featuring in the top-15 of the all-time run-getters list with nearly 11 500.
But he was the only player on that list who had yet to score a double-century, his highest score being 189 not out against Zimbabwe nine years earlier in Bulawayo. Kallis was playing his 242nd Test innings when he came to the crease on the second afternoon with South Africa 166 for two, and many had given up on the great player ever reaching 200, accepting that he would be remembered more for the sheer bulk of runs he scored rather than the statistical quirk. Some blamed a perceived inability to change gear once he had reached a hundred.
But that all changed on a gloriously sunny Saturday in Centurion.
Kallis began the third day on 102 not out, in the company of Hashim Amla, his partner in so many massive stands, on 116, and the onslaught was relentless as Kallis hammered 15 fours and five sixes in reaching 201 not out, a festive crowd of 9500 giving him a prolonged standing ovation.
Once Amla was dismissed for 140, caught down the leg side off Ishant Sharma, AB de Villiers joined Kallis and blazed to South Africa’s fastest Test century, off just 75 balls, South Africa declaring on 620 for four, on their way to victory by innings and 25 runs.
Kallis, never one to dwell too long on statistics, was delighted though that two aspects of his life changed that day. The first change was that he would never have to answer questions about the elusive double hundred again; the second had to do with his great passion for golf.
“It's more of a relief to not have to answer questions about it any more, but it is a fantastic landmark and it's nice to tick that box. I probably would have taken a double hundred against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, but it's really good to get it against the world's best side. It makes it more special to come in such a big series and to put us in a commanding position. It's something I'm very proud of,” Kallis said after his innings.
But he then revealed what he was even more chuffed about: he was rewarded with life membership at a prestige golf club.
Kallis explained that multi-billionaire businessman Johann Rupert had offered him the privilege of being a member at his Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, where the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship is held, if he scored a double century.
“He's going to be the first person I phone because I'm almost more excited about that golf membership than I am about the double hundred,” Kallis laughed.
Four years later, Amla would go past Kallis with his 208 against the West Indies the new highest Test score at the ground, and the new senior statesman in the South African side would love a repeat when the second Test against India starts on Saturday.
Not that he really requires runs too badly just yet, considering he averaged 47.35 last year, with three centuries.