India have not won a single Test series in the "Rainbow Nation" for the past 25 years but Kohli said that his team is paying no attention to the past series in South Africa. However, the cricketers are right now relaxing and enjoying their time in Cape Town before locking horns with the hosts. Joined by Dhawan, the newly married player danced with open hearts until their spontaneous gig was interrupted by Zohawar. It seemed no coincidence that the four Test matches were played on spin-friendly dust bowls and were dominated by Indian spin bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. "These are the things we will definitely do, but for now we are trying to do the basic things", he said. Kohli is coming off a spectacular 2017, during which he hit three double centuries in compiling 1,059 Test runs at an average of 75.64, while because of injury followed by a break from Test cricket de Villiers has only played in one Test - scoring 53 in the two-day rout of Zimbabwe - since January 2016.
India will play three Tests, six One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 International matches in the two month long tour which is being termed as the first real test for the rampant Indian side in a few months. "A lot of our players have played here before. Now is our opportunity because of the average age of the group and the amount of cricket we are going to play together", reported Espncricinfo. We all understand our own games so much better. "We have done well in the last two years and we are confident of doing well in these conditions". "There's a sense of intelligence and awareness and that provides the excitement". In fact, the Indian skipper is the only batsman in the history of worldwide cricket to simultaneously hold an average of more than 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Chief coach Ravi Shastri agreed with his captain.
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When asked about India's prospects in 2018, Sehwag referred to the challenges of playing away from home before insisting that his expectations would be met if the team managed to achieve even half of what they had accomplished in 2017. "But that is no surety of what kind of pitch you would get in the game", said Bhuvneshwar in a media interaction. But this team has gained in experience. "But yes, like I said, we have to be at our best to win the series here", he said.