India’s tour of South Africa will begin in a couple of days and this series comes at a time when international cricket is crying out for a context and contest and this challenge will determine Virat Kohli and his young brigade’s legacy. India vs South Africa might not be in the same league as India vs Australia or India vs Pakistan but ever since South Africa’s readmission in 1992, the matches between this two nations have always been competitive and fierce. India, the No 1 ranked Test side has been playing splendid cricket for the past 24 months (unbeaten in Test cricket since 2015 Sri Lankan tour) and have created a game plan which is oriented towards winning and playing an exciting brand of cricket.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and men in blue have now been presented with a challenge to write history and break the myth that Indians are tigers at home and lambs abroad. The 17-member Indian squad fills most of the criteria and after a long time, it is capable of upsetting the apple cart and breaking stereotypes. The team’s pillar of strength is skipper Kohli and currently, the kind of form (52 international hundreds, 11 tons in 2017) that he has been in and the hunger shown by Kohli is second to none and the performances in recent past has put him in different pedestal altogether. The team is balanced in all departments and it will all come down belief and self-confidence of players on that particular day. South Africa have regrouped as a unit after the disappointing England tour and will pose a challenge to the Indians.