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South Africa is one country where India have always been found out. Only two victories out of 17 Test matches in the Rainbow Nation, is a clear reflection of their struggle on those wickets, where there has been a plenty of pace, bounce and sideways movement for the fast bowlers, both in the air and off the pitch. In fact, in international cricket, for any team, winning a Test series in South Africa is regarded as one of the toughest challenges and no team barring England and Australia have achieved this glory so far. Hence, prior to such a high-profile assignment, your preparations have to be full-proof if you are going there with a realistic chance of winning a series — which according to many experts, Virat Kohli’s Indian team has on …show more content…

To acclimatise themselves to the English conditions, they got just one three-day game before the first Test and one in the middle of the series. Later that year, in Australia, they were again whitewashed in the four-Test series. There too they played one two-day followed by one three-day game before the first Test. Following those series of overseas defeats, there was a lot of hue and cry in the Indian cricket fraternity. Despite that, in the next tours of England and Australia, the Indians got only one extra warm-up game. They lost both the series with 3-1 and 0-2 margins respectively. Once again, prior to this important tour of South Africa, the same lethargic approach is being repeated by BCCI. However, this lack of co-operation from the board has recently forced the Indian team management to come out with a radical idea of using the just concluded India-Sri Lanka series as a warm-up for the tour of South Africa. The thank-thank tried to emulate the foreign conditions by asking for green tracks for the series. “Yes [we requested for the pace-friendly wickets], because unfortunately, we get only two days before we fly to South Africa after this series gets over. So, we have no choice but be in a game situation and think of what’s coming ahead of us. Had we got a month off, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario,” the Indian captain had to no hesitation to

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