Kohli feels India have the bowling to win in South Africa


Spirited to start the away season with a strong performance, Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team appeared practicing for the first Test indoors due to a wet outfield at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.

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With Jasprit Bumrah also early a call-up to the squad and the presence of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli believes India have all based covered for the upcoming series.

So, it would be really interesting to see how this team, which has talent, skill and also the right attitude to win on tough tours, perform on those bouncy, swinging and seaming conditions.

The first Test starts on January 5 in Cape Town. We look at the pitch and adapt to those conditions. We handled their bowlers pretty well and we made them work hard. 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 can't speak for the opposition, because AB hasn't played much Test cricket since he played against us, and he's coming back after a while".

"If we didn't have that mindset, there would be no point getting on to the flight to come here", Kohli told reporters.

India, who have never won a Test series in South Africa, are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is on their two-month-long tour.

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"It could have been a bit of a different game had we bowled first".

"Come the fifth of January we will be ready for it", he said.

"There is sense of intelligence and awareness that has crept in in the last four years and that provides the excitement we are talking about".

"The most important thing is not to get surprised by the pace and bounce".

"That's something we did last time". You can't afford to think that there's too much pace and bounce, you'd rather take it on, believe in your abilities and take it head on.

It is the major reason that India have been near-unbeatable in their own conditions in recent years, but they have struggled on their travels when leaving the sub-continent.

Coach Ravi Shastri said: "This team is up for the challenge". We know how to win Test matches now.

"Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us".