Team India’s former head coach Anil Kumble has given a big statement ahead of the most-awaited India’s tour of South Africa in January 2018. He believes that the Indian Cricket team has the capability to create history on the African soil under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Team India has never won a Test series in the African country before. On the other hand, Kohli & Co are ruling the ICC Test ranking list as they have won 9 tournaments on the trot since 2015. This fact has given Kumble the hope that this winning streak will be continued against the Proteas as well.
According to The Indian Express, while speaking at an event in Bangalore, Kumble said,
I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That’s the confidence I have.
Kumble went on to praise Kohli’s captaincy skills and aggressive approach on the field. Lauding the performance of the Indian team in the past years, Kumble said,
I’m pretty confident that under Kohli’s captaincy, the team has all capabilities to achieve an unbelievable feat. They will continue their good performance in South Africa.
Right after the wrapping the limited-over series with Sri Lanka, a 16-men team will leave for South Africa. The first Test between both the teams will be played in Durban on January 5.
Keeping the importance of this tour in mind, the BCCI has given rest to several players including Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Virat Kohli from the T20I series. The skipper had already complained about a hectic schedule for the players and hence, the governing body took this step.
India’s series against South Africa comprises of 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is.