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India vs South Africa 2018: 3 things Team India needs to do on the Tour

James Kuanal
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5.57K   //    28 Dec 2017, 22:21 IST

Shikhar Dhawan
Top order is much more fine with Dhawan in excellent form across all formats

Team India will go to South Africa for 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting from January 5. The first encounter will be played at Newlands in Cape Town as India look forward to a first away Test series win in South Africa.

Virat Kohli will lead the team after a wonderful year in 2017 where they notched up wins in all bilateral series across formats, barring the one-off T20I against West Indies and the tied T20I series against Australia. Rohit Sharma also showed up his captaincy prowess during the home limited overs series against Sri Lanka..

It is to be noted that team India is placed on top of the ICC Test rankings above South Africa and has registered wins against top teams from England, Australia, New Zealand and the Islanders, Sri Lanka in their home season. After their best performance, Team India is now expected to register wins in the foreign soils. Here are few expectations that could come to the fore.

Top 3 should continue their prime form

No matter what the format is, Team India have got quality openers for both tests and limited overs cricket. Murali Vijay produced excellent scores in the past year especially during his comeback game after he was left out for KL Rahul. Vijay made the best of his chance after Shikhar Dhawan was rested later in the test matches with Sri Lanka.

Shikhar Dhawan on the other hand has been excellent in all forms of cricket especially after he made his comeback after a breakthrough 10th season of the IPL. Rohit Sharma recently scored his third ODI double ton and also his 2nd T20I century, therefore, he too is expected to do the same while run-machine, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is on another level across all format and is known to break records whenever he comes out to bat.

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