South Africa v/s India, 1st Test match preview: Confident India eager to shed poor travellers tag

Towering giants in the subcontinent, India would be aiming to assert themselves as good travellers when they face South Africa in the opening chapter of a 12-Test overseas challenge, starting on Friday.The three-Test South Africa series is the first of a gruelling 2018-19 season that includes tours to England and Australia.The assignments are being seen as a make or break season for Virat Kohli and his men to prove their worth as a good travelling unit.But for this, they will have to rely heavily on their pacers to come good.

As the numero uno Test side, India have a healthy points’ lead over second-ranked South Africa and will not lose their crown even if they lose by a landslide 0-3 margin. This, however, is not merely about points and rankings for Kohli’s side.

The Proteas will be relying on their formidable fast bowling attack to dismantle India’s strong batting line-up, but after nine successive Test series wins, India are brimming with confidence and a belief that they can thrive in any conditions.



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