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Gautam Gambhir puts his bet on No.1 Test side India ahead of South Africa series

India's bygone batting hero Gautam Gambhir firmly believes that the world's No.1 Test side should win in "every condition".

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 20, 2017 19:34 IST ]
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​As the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team gears up for a tough challenge in South Africa, India's bygone batting hero Gautam Gambhir firmly believes that the world's No.1 Test side should win in "every condition".

"It's going to be a tough tour because South Africa is a very good side especially in their own backyard. They have got quality bowling, they have got quality batting. India really has to play well to beat them," Gambhir said. 

"I hope they have got the confidence from what they have done in the last two years. Even if they have played the bulk of their cricket at home, they should go to South Africa with a lot of confidence, a lot of belief as the no.1 Test side and I hope they can deliver there. 

"Ultimately, the no.1 side should be able to win in every condition. I hope India continues the same form what they have shown at home," he added. 

In the Test series starting next month, India would look to shed the tag of poor travellers as the team embarks on a series of overseas tours starting with South Africa. 

Following the South Africa tour, the Indians will travel to England and Australia, where the conditions will not be as conducive to the spinners as they are at home. 

Besides, the famed Indian batting line-up will also be tested by the moving ball. 

Kohli might have won 20 of his 32 Tests as captain, but the memories of two seasons of home dominance will recede quickly if Kohli and India fail to deliver on the foreign land. 

Starting January 5, India play three Tests in South Africa against the world's No.2 side besides six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.

(With PTI inputs)

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