India's real Test will be in South Africa: Mohammad Azharuddin


Rahane said the looming Test series in South Africa was not weighing on the side's mind.

"We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve", he said.

Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin feels that even though Sri Lanka will be a challenging opponent, the Indian cricket team's real test will be their next assignment that is, the two-month long tour of South Africa.

“Even for Sri Lanka this is a very important series and they are preparing really well. "Everyone knows how to adapt and adjust to all the formats, so I don't think there will be any problem". Every series is very important. "We have practice sessions today and tomorrow (Wednesday) and I am sure there will be good preparation before the Test match", he offered.

Rahane was not willing to underestimate Sri Lanka, which starts the series as the underdog. "We are not taking Sri Lanka lightly". For us each and every series, every match is important. Last game for us in Mumbai, that one point was very crucial (against Baroda).

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“Its important to improve your game everyday and evolve when you are practising at the nets. I dont think will have problem in adjustment. I am just practicing reverse sweeps, paddle sweeps as options. For me its important to give 100 per cent at the nets.

About focus on the upcoming tour of South Africa: South Africa will be completely different. We want to win each and every series. We will think about South Africa when we go there. "Some of them are all-time greats of the sport and it was a tough task for us", Muralitharan recalled.

About getting out on 40's in Ranji Trophy: I'm not too concerned about that. I got four fifties in a row in the One Day Series (against Australia). This will be a tough series and the characters of our boys will be tested", Muralitharan said in an interview with Cricbuzz."When I played against India, they had the world's best batting line-up. We focus on training sessions and recovery sessions.

Coach Nic Pothas, who took over after Graham Ford left in June, said the India debacle had taught his team vital lessons.