After Virat appointed as a test captain he has reached tremendous height as a captain and as well as a player over the span of 2 years from June 2015-dec 2017, we can say, it may be because of long home and sub continent season that India has every played except the WI tour.
All these records won’t matter to anyone if they fail in our upcoming overseas tours to SA,Aus and England.When India toured those places last time they put up a hard fight but failed to keep up the momentum. The main reason for those failures were because of we lacked in pace department.
Now we have quite experienced batsmen upto number 7. Our openers need not to score runs, instead they should play atleast 100 balls each which is the Himalayan task for them against the fire breathing bowling line up which has Steyn,Morkel,Philander and Rabada. If we do that right the ball might lose its shine and the rest will be taken care by Che,Kohli and Rahane. If they fail I’m sure they will rip through our batting line up.
Unless the last time, this time our bowling unit looks stronger, they have given us the confidence that we can take 20 wickets in a test match which is very very necessary when we play overseas to win a game.
But these things are secondary, the primary one is which is also a huge task lies on Virat’s shoulder and that is to get the correct combination of playing XI.
So Virat will keep his record of changing the playing XI till SA’s first test because he can’t play both Ashwin and Jadeja and he has to choose between Rohit and Hardik, if they choose Rohit who has experience in SA but ofcourse that was not a good tour for him personally but if he pick Hardik and if he performs well with both bat and ball, we will have 4 fast bowlers which will be a huge huge advantage for us.
Except SA no other team has performed well outside their home even SA struggled against us when they visited us last year.
South Africa is one heck of a team to beat in their conditions but if we win or even manage to draw the series our confidence level will definitely increase so we will wish them for a wonderful overseas tour !
All the best Team India