Virat Kohli    Getty Images
Virat Kohli Getty Images

India managed to draw the Test series in 2010-11. Before that they had won the opening Test of 2006-07 but lost the remaining two. Otherwise, India have not had their moments of success in South Africa in the longest format.

Lalchand Rajput, Murali Vijay, and Wriddhiman Saha believe that the current Indian team is well-equipped to grab their maiden win on this unconquered territory. The latest to share his opinion on the tour is Ajit Wadekar who opined that India should have played a practice game.

“You need to get adjusted to those wickets because of the bounce. With no practice games, it is going to be a little bit hard on our players. Ours is a balanced team though,” Wadekar said in a report sent by PTI.

The first Test was scheduled on December 26. However, given the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka concludes on December 24, BCCI pushed the date to January 5 to give the Indian team a much needed rest. Wadekar, for that matter, believes that South Africa are tough to beat and India need to prepare well.

“South Africa is always a tough country to beat. They are tough guys and the wickets are a lot faster. India will have to go there well-prepared.”

The media of course would not have skipped a question pertaining to Virat Kohli. When asked, Wadekar called him “tremendously attacking cricketer”.

“Virat is made of a different mould entirely. He is a tremendously attacking cricketer. The present day game requires that type of a cricketer because without that you won t be able to attract crowds. Not only is he attacking, but he is a cricketer who can play for the team. He does not like losing.”

Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane has not been at his best. He scored 17 runs in 5 innings against Sri Lanka. Wadekar is not bothered about Rahane’s form, though. “There comes a time like this in every cricketer’s career (when they go through such a phase). I have seen Sunil Gavaskar going through a bad patch, it can happen to any great cricketer. Rahane is one of the top cricketers India has produced and he will definitely come over the bad patch. But the sooner he gets over the bad form, the better it will be for Indian cricket. He should keep on playing because if he keeps playing, he does not lose confidence, I am sure he is going to get back in the runs.”