Virat Kohli says India equipped to win in South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli sounded positive after India’s first practice session in South Africa. The Indian captain believes that his team can win the first series in the country.India are scheduled to play South Africa in three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting January 5 in Cape Town.”We have the right kind of bowling attack and the right kind of balance to win Test matches in any conditions we play in,” Kohli said at the arrival press conference.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYThe 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.”For us it is about winning sessions, being in the present, executing our skills well, not looking at the history of a particular country we are playing in.”Like Kohli, 13 of his 17-man squad was part of India’s last tour to South Africa back in 2013/14, and he feels the experience will help.”A lot of our players have played here (South Africa) before. But it’s about the number of games we had played then and the number we have played now,” he said.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017″We all understand our own games so much better. As a team we have confidence in our personal skills set.”India are scheduled to be in South Africa for a 56-day-long tour.advertisement”There’s a sense of intelligence and awareness and that provides the excitement. We know exactly what we need to do come game time. We know how to win Test matches,” he said.India decided against a two-day warm-up match, but rather opting instead for net practice sessions. Kohli believes the practice will help more as they can have the freedom to practice how they want.  “There’s no point in wasting two days, guys going in and scoring quick fifties,” said Kohli.”We’d rather have them do two sessions like today. We can try and prepare the wickets the way we want them. If you are playing a game there is no room to change the wicket. Here you have the freedom to put more water on the wicket, roll it and make it harder so that tomorrow we have the conditions we want.”Kohli signed off sounding confident of India’s chances in the first of the three Tests which begin on January 5 at Newlands.”Come the fifth of January we will be ready for it,” he said.Team India coach too reiterated what captain Kohli had to say. “This team is up for the challenge. If you had asked me four years ago I would have said no. But this team has gained in experience. The beauty of this team is that it doesn’t matter which opposition. We look at the pitch and adapt to the conditions. Every game is a home game. It’s as simple as that,” he said.”This will be a contest. I can sense our players want this Test match to start as soon as possible,” he added.last_img

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