Virat Kohli    AFP
Virat Kohli AFP

Sourav Ganguly has always maintained that a captain s legacy will always be remembered of how one leads in alien conditions. India under Virat Kohli had a terrific home season, but are now facing South Africa in their den. As witnessed, Indian batsmen faltered in the first innings of Cape Town Test, despite Hardik Pandya s best efforts.

Kohli too failed to make an impression. Ganguly in his column for Times of India, wrote, Virat s form will be very important for the side. It is his first tour to South Africa as captain and it will be very important for him to strike a balance as skipper and a batsman. His form as captain in the two previous instances in Adelaide and Sydney were brilliant and hopefully those memories will remain fresh for him and help him.

He further added, India have had a phenomenal year in 2017 and they will be looking to continue that momentum. One must also understand that it will be a totally different kettle of fish to playing at home, but I believe that this team has the ability to make a difference.

He also opened about Pandya’s importance in the playing XI. He explained, It will be important for India to get their combination right and I would want Hardik Pandya to play. It will give them the option of five bowlers which will be important if they want to pick 20 wickets. With Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin, who are capable with the bat, and Bhuvneshwar as well, it is a chance worth taking. The first Test of a series is very important and the length of the bowlers will be vital. They will need to bowl full to make sure that the ball is hitting the stumps.