Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, is extremely confident that his side will be able to get results in the highly anticipated South Africa series starting in a few days from now.
Speaking to the media ahead of the first match, Kohli spoke about his previous experience in South Africa and also why he feels the current India side is the strongest team that he has played in.
“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.”
“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.”
“This is an opportunity for us to play good cricket. We aren’t thinking about the history of past series in South Africa but concentrating on winning each session and executing our strategy well. I think international cricket is all about staying in the present and trying to do things better than your opposition at all times.”
“If we didn’t have that mindset, there would be no point getting on to the flight to come here.”
“We come to South Africa knowing the wickets are going to be different from those back home. We are under no illusions but we are ready for it.”
“Last time we were here there was a lot of talk about our batsmen being bounced out but we stood up rather nicely.”
“The most important thing is not to get surprised by the pace and bounce. It is going to be much quicker and much more bouncy than back home and you will get balls that will surprise you every now and then, so the most important thing is to focus on the game ball by ball.”
“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.”