Rohit Sharma    Getty Images
Rohit Sharma Getty Images

India have been in splendid form especially in the longer format. They are currently on a joint-highest record streak of nine consecutive Test series wins. However, the forthcoming series against South Africa will see them play on foreign soil and against a world-class opposition in almost three years. In addition, India will gear up for the three-match Test series as the No. 1 ranked side in whites, with no series victory in South Africa. Rohit Sharma is aware of the challenge ahead and is eager to shed away his past failures in the African nation. He also mentioned South Africa’s veteran duo Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers as India’s biggest threats despite coming from long layoffs in Test matches.

De Villiers played his first Test match, in the recently-concluded inaugural four-day Test versus Zimbabwe, since his sabbatical. On the other hand, Steyn is yet to make his international comeback post a shoulder injury in Australia tour (November 2016).

Rohit told Hindustan Times, “Their (South Africa’s) bowling attack is the most challenging (one) in the world right now. Any home team tends to put a lot of pressure on the touring side. It will be (Kagiso) Rabada, Steyn, and one between (Vernon) Philander and (Morne) Morkel. They might play also an all-rounder like Chris Morris.

Steyn had a shoulder surgery, he is playing after almost an year – that is a long lay-off. (But) with his experience, I do not think there will be a problem. Obviously, all eyes will be on him and (AB) de Villiers as they have not played much of late.”

Talking about his personal form, Rohit failed in the previous trip to the rainbow nation in 2013. He was troubled by Philander, and fell prey to the seamer on two occasions during the two-match series. While he is a modern-day great in shorter formats, Rohit is yet to deliver to his potential in Tests. His struggles are well known against the moving ball in red-ball cricket, and will look to make up for it in the highly-anticipated series.

India and South Africa lock horns for the first of the three Tests from January 5 at Cape Town.