CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – India really feel they’ve the correct stability of their squad to interrupt new floor and win a collection in South Africa for the primary time, to underline their prime rating in check cricket, captain Virat Kohli stated on Saturday.
“Our greatest end result right here has been a drawn collection in 2010-eleven however I really feel the type of bowling assault we have now now and the stability we’ve got within the aspect, we undoubtedly can win right here. There are not any two methods about it,” he advised a information convention as India started their preparations for the primary check at Newlands in Cape City, which begins on Friday.
“We come right here wanting to precise ourselves, believing in our talents and understanding we have now the best stability to win check matches beneath any circumstances we play underneath.
“This is a chance for us to play good cricket. We aren’t eager about the historical past of previous collection in South Africa however concentrating on profitable every session and executing our technique nicely. I feel worldwide cricket is all about staying within the current and making an attempt to do issues higher than your opposition always.
“If we didn’t have that mindset, there can be no level getting on to the flight to return right here,” Kohli advised reporters.
Although India, prime of the Worldwide Cricket Council’s (ICC) check rankings, have gained their final 9 check collection in a row, stretching again to August 2015, their report in South Africa is poor.
Since 1992, they’ve gained simply two of the 17 exams performed there, dropping 5 of the six collection, with the 1-1 attract 2010-eleven their greatest return.
“We come to South Africa understanding the wickets are going to be totally different from these again house. We’re underneath no illusions however we’re prepared for it.
“Final time we have been right here there was a whole lot of speak about our batsmen being bounced out however we stood up moderately properly.
“An important factor is to not get stunned by the tempo and bounce. It will be a lot faster and far more bouncy than again house and you’ll get balls that may shock you once in a while, so crucial factor is to concentrate on the sport ball by ball,” stated Kohli, second behind Australia skipper Steve Smith within the particular person check batting rankings.
“That’s one thing we did final time. You possibly can’t afford to fret concerning the tempo and bounce, you need to consider in your talents and take it head-on. That’s key to enjoying in circumstances which are totally different from your personal,” he added.
India play three checks, six One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches on their two-month tour.