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South Africa vs India 2018: Conditions don't matter, I have no doubt on our ability, says Virat Kohli

Manish Pathak
3.23K   //    27 Dec 2017, 19:10 IST

Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri
Coach, captain express optimism

After dominating almost all the teams in home conditions over the last 15 months, the Indian team is all set to embark on the overseas sojourn. Captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri briefed the media hours before taking off for the South African shores.

“You need to play cricket for a long period of time to win abroad. The hunger this time is the same. We want to do what we couldn’t the last time around,” said the captain.

“Cricket is played with bat and ball. Conditions don’t matter. I have no doubt in the ability of the team. We are on the right track,” Kohli further added.

Apart from this, the skipper also expressed optimism about his bowling attack and said that as a unit they are looking forward to performing in challenging conditions.

“As a team we are confident. We are looking forward to face the South African team. Playing for the country is the most important. When you do things in challenging conditions it gives more satisfaction, that’s for sure,” Kohli said.

Praising the bowling and batting attack, the skipper said that both the facets have come a long way and have improved a lot and hence the belief is there within the side to be successful.

Shastri, who accompanied the captain backed his side to do well in challenging conditions and said that he is confident in their abilities.

“The boys are ready for the challenge. We toured Australia three years ago. We did well in England. The preparations have been good,” said Shastri.

“We know South Africa is a big challenge. The best thing of this team is we want to embrace the challenge,” he further added.

The Indian team is slated to play three Tests, six One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals from January 5 to February 24.

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