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Kohli feels India have the bowling to win in South Africa

Kohli feels India have the bowling to win in South Africa

"Everyone is confident. Whenever any team tours overseas, there is a great chance to win those series, but you have to give your best in every department on all five days". "There's a sense of intelligence and awareness and that provides the excitement". We know exactly what we need to do come game time. It's not like we'll go there and explore, we're not in that frame of mind. "Mentally I am very well prepared", the skipper asserted.

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.

"We haven't talked so far". If you remember clearly, on Day 1 of the Jo'burg Test, we put up a great fight.

"We toured Australia and we did a pretty good job". Seven tests ended in draws.

"Come the fifth of January we will be ready for it", he said. That's something that we did last time as well. You can't afford to worry about the pace and bounce, you have to believe in your abilities and take it head-on.

He added that newcomers Afghanistan and Ireland would be more realistic opponents if they were to play more tests.

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India's preparations, though, have been somewhat hampered by the tight scheduling.

Kohli said India had made the right decision to cancel a scheduled two-day warm-up match, opting instead for intensive middle-wicket practice at a local club.

The India captain looked at the brighter side and explained that playing a practice game would have been a waste of time.

"I think if you get a bit of context to the test rankings‚ with an incentive to get to the next level‚ with maybe a promotion-relegation type of thing‚ it's worth looking at". "We understand that. There's no point wasting two days, guys going in, scoring quick fifties and coming out".

It seemed no coincidence that the four Test matches were played on spin-friendly dust bowls and were dominated by Indian spin bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He added that the everyone in the visiting side "wants to be a standout player" and contribute towards creating history in the "Rainbow Nation". You get accustomed to where you are going and you get accustomed to the conditions, you feel comfortable. We'd rather have them do two sessions like today, get into Test match zone, test ourselves, try and prepare the wickets the way we want to.


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