Virat Kohli and his men have landed on the South African soil to take on the home side for series across all formats. A 2-month long tour will include 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is. First of the 3 Tests is scheduled to start on January 5th in Cape Town. The Indian skipper addressed the media and seemed pretty confident about India’s chances of a victory in the Rainbow Nation.
India have won just 2 out of 19 Tests played in South Africa and they have lost 5 out of the 6 series so far. Their best result occurred in 2010/11 when a 1-1 draw was played between the 2 sides. Virat Kohli feels that the kind of bowling attack the team has this time around gives them a strong chance to create history in the country.
“Our best result here has been a drawn series in 2010-11 but I feel the kind of bowling attack we have now and the balance we have in the side, we definitely can win here. There are no two ways about it,” said Kohli as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“We come here wanting to express ourselves, believing in our abilities and knowing we have the right balance to win Test matches under any conditions we play under. If we didn’t have that mindset, there would be no point getting on to the flight to come here,” added the 29-year-old.
Need to believe in the abilities
The conditions in South Africa are a lot different from that in India. The pitches will offer plenty of pace and bounce unlike the Indian surfaces but Kohli reckons that the team can’t afford to worry about that and needs to take the challenge head-on.
“That’s something we did last time. You can’t afford to worry about the pace and bounce, you have to believe in your abilities and take it head-on. That’s key to playing in conditions that are different from your own,” Kohli added.