India's mental approach key to South Africa tour, says Kohli

Tyler Owen
December 28, 2017

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that his team is as excited to tour South Africa as they were in 2013, adding that the aim for the team was to try and do what they could not the last time around.

Test matches in South Africa have always been tough for India who have never won a Test series there.

"We toured Australia, three years ago and did a pretty good job".

"These boys have been on the road together for the last 4-5 years - the same team". We did well in England.

Shastri believes that this side has been together for a few years now and that is one aspect which will help them thrive in South Africa. Even though he was busy with his wedding celebrations, Kohli said he continued to prepare for the gruelling South Africa tour side-by-side during the break. "The preparation has been good and the boys have been on the tour for a long time now", said Kohli, who would on his maiden SA tour as captain.

"You need to play cricket for [a] long period of time to win overseas", he added. When we are playing cricket for our team it's an honour for us. "Many of us have played First Class and List A", said Shaw.

"Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition". We nearly won the Test in Jo'burg (Johannesburg), it was a close game, we lost in Durban, but we played some really good Test cricket. "If you tell me the home games do not matter in worldwide cricket, I'll be able to answer the question. We are on the right track".

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"The bowling attack back then compared to now what South Africa has was more experienced and we did really well against them".

"The hunger this time is the same".

"We need to be realistic with what we are doing and that the only way we will be staying in the present and execute the things we want to".

When asked why India are not able to carry forward their formidable form at home overseas said that the conditions could be equally hard in India. Switching back to cricket now won't be hard.

After the Delhi reception, the newlywed hosted their second star-studded marriage reception in the Astor Ballroom of St Regis, which saw the bigwigs of cricket and high profile celebs of Bollywood, yesterday.

On the conditions in South Africa, the skipper stressed that it depends upon the mindset of the player and if you are in good state of mind and you get accustomed to conditions than you start feeling comfortable. More than 2-3 sessions to replicate Test situations and we get to know how the conditions are at different sessions of the day. "We will try and follow those procedures", he said.

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