Virat Kohli gears up for Cape Town Test vs South Africa. Watch video

first_imgVirat Kohli is all set to  lead India as they try to break the jinx against South Africa, and he is leaving no stone unturned to change that. India will tour South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.  After reaching South Africa, Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara were among the first to get out on the field for the first training session of the tour on Saturday.He was out again in the field on Wednesday, this time going about his fielding drills as Hardik Padya hit the nets for a knock from throwdowns from the coaching staff.Skipper at the drills right now #TeamIndia #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 3, [email protected] grinding it out at the nets #TeamIndia #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 3, 2018India will be facing the Proteas in a three-match Test series with the first match to be played at Newlands from January 5. The team reached Cape Town on December 29 and has been seeing having fun since then. Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan was seen dancing on the streets to a local band on New Year’s eve. The bowlers were seen sweating it out while Rohit Sharma posted a photo from the last session of 2017.”It has been a wonderful days in Cape Town and it’s a beautiful place to play cricket. Because of the rain we have not been able to go outdoors but we need to make the most of whatever facility we have got. So we are indoors,” Rohit said.advertisementWATCH VIDEO  We started off playing with a little bit of football to warm up. We all love coming here and playing cricket as I said it’s a wonderful place. We have to make whatever we have got. Today we are here indoors, working on skills as we know it’s not going to be easy here. Different conditions, different ball game. Myself, Vijay and Pujara are going to be batting after this lot,” he added.Kohli had earlier said after the team’s first training session, “If you look at the wicket that we are practicing on right now then it is not even 15 per cent of what we are going to get in the game so we understand that.”Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017″There is no point wasting two days in which guys go out and score quick fifties and come out. We would rather have them do two sessions like today and get into the Test match zone and test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wicket the way we want to but if you are playing a two-day game then there is no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day.”India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for him since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015. Is was also the last time these two teams met, when Kohli’s team clinched the four-match Test series at home 3-0.Team India had a phenomenal 2017, winning almost everything that was there to be won, barring the Champions Trophy.The sensational 2017 that India had therefore, has made sure that they are the most successful side in the last three years (January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018).Under Kohli, India have won nine Test series and drew one. Out of the 12 bilateral series, India have won nine and lost three. One each to Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia — all of them have come in 2015. Since then, India are on a eight-series winning streak.However, after a tremendous 2017, where Kohli’s men won 37 matches across all formats — the second most in a calendar year, 2018 will provide a stiff challenge to the World No. 1 Test team starting with the Cape Town Test on Friday.last_img

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