<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Indian Test team has opportunity to improve during South Africa tour: Sourav Ganguly" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130806203522.jpg" title="Indian Test team has opportunity to improve during South Africa tour: Sourav Ganguly" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sourav Ganguly said India have to be wary of South Africa's bowling attack © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Aug 30, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former captain <a href="/tags/Sourav-Ganguly/post" target="_blank">Sourav Ganguly</a> reckons the upcoming foreign tours, starting with the one in <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a>, will be an opportunity for the Indian Test team to regain lost ground overseas after successive reverses in <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> and <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a>.<br /> <br /> They have been doing well in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but Ganguly doesn't think that <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a>'s Test team is on the decline either.<br /> <br /> "You need to give them some time and as I said, they have played overseas and at home in the past 10-11 years. Yes, we have had a hiccup in Australia and England but we have an opportunity this season in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia to improve our performance and I don't agree with the tag," Ganguly told <em>NDTV</em>.<br /> <br /> "Yes, they are a very good limited overs side but in Test matches too they have given results."<br /> <br /> Ahead of what is going to be a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/India-to-play-limited-over-games-before-Test-series-in-South-Africa/28728" target="_blank">grueling tour of South Africa</a>, Ganguly had a piece of advice for <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">MS Dhoni</a> and his men.<br /> <br /> "He (Dhoni) has been to South Africa before and he knows how tough it is. It is not going to be just a one-day combination as Test matches are a different ball game. South Africa have got a great attack, they are a very good side at home. India have to play really really well.<br /> <br /> "India have been a good touring team in the past 10-11 years apart from the hiccups in England and Australia. So, I can suggest that play positive and realise that it is a hard tour. It will be a tour that will challenge a lot of players and you have to raise your game."<br /> <br /> Ganguly also said he was not interested in joining politics.<br /> <br /> "I don't want to be in politics, I want to be involved in the game as it gives me a lot of happiness and will find out more opportunities and make the most of it."<br /> <br /> Talking about controversial pacer <a href="/tags/S-Sreesanth/post" target="_blank">S Sreesanth</a>, who was jailed on charges of spot-fixing in this year's Indian Premier League, Ganguly said it will be a complete waste of talent if the allegations against him are proved.<br /> <br /> "He has done well as a Test bowler but had been a bit inconsistent, which was something to do with his temperament. But if things (allegations of spot-fixing in IPL) are proved, then it is a complete waste of talent," Ganguly said.