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A bouncy road awaits Virat Kohli's boys in South Africa
Before we move ahead let us have a look at the statistics of Test series played between India and South Africa in South Africa till date.

India has played a total of 6 Test series starting from the year 1992-1993 till 2013-2014. Barring a drawn series in 2010-2011, South Africa has won all. So honestly, the chances of Team India in the upcoming tour - wherein they will be playing 7 Test matches, beginning 5th of January - appear to be really bleak.

Despite the fact that Virat has been performing really well by continuously winning most of the series in India, there is no meticulous change as far as the skill of facing South Africa on their bouncy pitches is concerned. If we have a close look at the Indian batting line-up, the onus primarily lies on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and Pujara. Also keeping in view the track record of Rahane during oversees tours, he might prove handful. Others like Saha, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan simply cannot be relied upon on account of their inconsistent performance.

Rohit Sharma off late has been really playing very well on home pitches, but his overall overseas performance has not been very sparkling. On the contrary, South African batting attack consisting of De Villiers, De Kock, Du Plessis and Hashim Amla is capable to ripping off any bowling attack in their back yard. Even the other South African batsmen like Elgar and Bavuma have got excellent batting skills which they successfully displayed against England in the last season.

Now let us have a close look at the Indian bowlers who are going to play a decisive role in this upcoming tour. Ishant Sharma and Shami have got a bit of experience out there but have not been able to show consistency. Ashwin and Jadeja have a poor record in South Africa. Jaspreet Bumrah is a new entrant and his mettle in Test cricket is not yet proved. Though Bumrah might prove to be a surprise package but until a defined result oriented performance is yielded by him, expecting miracles against champions like De Villiers, De Kock, Du Plessis and Hashim Amla is simply not advisable.

South African bowling attack consisting of Steyn, Morkel and Rabada seems a definite threat on the bouncy pitches especially given their form. Indian batting line-up appears comfortable while playing against Imran Tahir but he will also be having a home advantage especially against batsmen like KL Rahul and Saha.

Now let us have a look at the fielding of both the teams. South African cricketers are known for their excellent fielding. So when they are playing at home in familiar conditions, they will be posing a serious threat to the Indian side. Not only is their agility a prime factor in stopping crucial runs but they have got a great habit of taking catches. Barring a few excellent fielders like Kohli, Jadeja and Rahane, team India looks on the back foot in this arena.

Last but not the least, the past statistics and questionable morale of many of the Indian players leave South Africa in a fairly commanding equation. In fact, the BCCI unfortunately has not taken any concrete steps to provide much needed exposure on fast tracks to Team India. Though Kohli is a born warrior but expecting miracles does not seem to be a fair proposition, but then, cricket is a very unpredictable game, so let us hope for the best.

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