Even though India have the momentum on their side, their record in the rainbow nation has been dismal as they won just two out of the 17 Tests and have lost five out of the six series played in South Africa previously but Kohli is determined to change the tide this time around. He had missed India's limited-overs series against Sri Lanka while the pair were married in Italy then held receptions in New Delhi and Mumbai later in the month.
The first of three Tests against India gets underway in Cape Town on January 5 with the Highveld tracks in Johannesburg and Pretoria the other two venues. If you are ready to take up the challenge mentally, every conditions seem like home conditions. A couple of days before the Test match, we will see how to go into the Test match, what are the things we can bring into the Test, regarding strategies, regarding their batsmen.
"Everyone is confident. Whenever any team tours overseas, there is a great chance to win those series, but you have to give your best in every department on all five days. If you had asked me four years ago if it was up for the challenge, I would have said "no", Shastri added.
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Streak said if Zimbabwe were to play more tests, they might have to settle for games against the likes of newcomers Afghanistan and Ireland. "I can sense our players want this Test match to start as soon as possible".
But having said that, the teams real test lies ahead when it will tour to South Africa, Australia and England because those are the frontiers which are yet to conquered by the Indian cricket team.
"Everybody is pretty clear on what they want".
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Kohli said India had made the right decision to cancel a scheduled two-day warm-up match, opting instead for intensive middle-wicket practice at a local club. "So we understand that there's no point wasting two days - guys going out there, getting quick 50s and coming out". Practice sessions are in our control - the way we want to run them. If you're not there mentally, it does not matter the kind of conditions you are playing in. The experience, Kohli said, has created "intelligence and awareness" that would stand the team in good stead.
"It's still a test match we played against opposition who obviously didn't have a great game".
"We know the general conditions in South Africa, so we are preparing according to that".
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