Indian skipper Kohli does the bhangra at Cape Town

  • Indian skipper Kohli does the bhangra at Cape Town

Indian skipper Kohli does the bhangra at Cape Town

Bhuvneshwar asserted that on current form, the Indian team has a very good chance of winning a first ever Test series in South Africa.

"When it comes to batsmen, there is always the bounce factor".

With 421 wickets from 108 Tests at an impressive average of 23.11 and strike-rate of 57.8, Pollock now leads South Africa's all-time bowling charts in the premier format of the game.

Bhuvneshwar, who is primarily known for his swing, feels that the Kookaburra "does not do much after 25-30 overs", making it imperative for him to strike early. The Kookaburra is the toughest ball to bowl with.

Steyn returned to red-ball cricket during last month's warm-up match between Cricket South Africa Invitation XI and Zimbabwe at Paarl. We know there is a chance to win a series in South Africa but to be able to do that we know we have to give our best. "Maybe a couple of days before the first Test, we will see how to strategise according to the batsman", Bhuvneshwar said.

"We have not talked so far about the strategy".

"That's key to playing conditions that are different from your own", he concluded.The India-South Africa series will include three Test matches, six one-day internationals and three T20Is. In fact, the Indian skipper is the only batsman in the history of global cricket to simultaneously hold an average of more than 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Talking to the press ahead of the series, Virat had said that the team has a good balance of experience and young blood and will try to win leaving behind the past record.

Kohli said that his players have come of age and now have the intelligence and know-how to win Test matches. Upon returning to South Africa's Test squad, he will be making his worldwide comeback during the forthcoming 3-match series against India. This team has done well in the last two and a half years, so we are confident of doing well in these conditions.

The pacer said because of the variety in their attack, there is a lot to learn from each other.

Besides Bhuvneshwar, other Indian bowlers such as Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will also have to undergo the same.

On bowling in South Africa, he said: "First big change is the bounce".

"I won't say there's much of swing, but bounce is something every fast bowler enjoys".