Virat Kohli is optimistic ahead of the match with South Africa, in which his team already has experience. The pitches will probably be in bad shape, but previously good results give them optimism before such a match. "South Africa was really the start for us as a team, travelling and starting to believe that we can win series overseas," Kohli said, as quoted by cricbuzz "We built it up nicely in England, and Australia was an accumulation of all those efforts.
"We can take a lot of motivation from that. Of course we probably won in the toughest conditions on that tour." "So that should give us a lot of confidence that if we have the right mindset and we start off the series with confidence and belief, we can stand up to any challenge that comes our way and take a lot of heart from it.
They have not won a series in South Africa so far, which will be a great motivation "South Africa is one place where we have not won a series yet, so we're motivated to do that. And the mindset (anyway) is to go out there and win a series in any country that we play.
We don't think of just winning a Test match here and there, and we will do our absolute best that we can as a team to make sure we keep contributing towards that cause."
Kohli believes in his team and believes that individuals can contribute to the victory of his team through their games "South Africa presents a different kind of challenge," Kohli said.
"The wickets have a lot of pace and bounce and you have to be at your absolute best to perform there and get runs -- get difficult runs." "It's something we've tried to do as a team but probably left ourselves a bit too much to do at certain times.
And when sessions have gone bad, they have gone very bad, which we have controlled well in the recent past with more experience and guys understanding conditions." "So, I think we're well-placed in terms of experience, belief, and confidence that this time around we can do something special and get results we want as a team and overcome conditions to go and win a series."
Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma will be missing in the match, but there are many young players who can contribute "Jadeja is a very important player for us. He contributes to all three departments which is invaluable overseas and he will be missed," Kohli said.
"That said, we do have the quality in the side to be able to create the best combination possible and still be able to win Test matches." "Because we've created that bench strength and environment where people coming in are seizing opportunities, grabbing it with both hands and even making sure the team is helped by their performances. As much as we'll miss him, it won't be a deciding factor."