Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid said that this Indian team has the full potential to be successful on the upcoming tour of South Africa.
In an interview with India Today, Dravid Said, “I am very confident that this team will do well against South Africa because they have all the bases covered.”
“If you see, the performance of this team over the last year and year-and-a-half, it has been exceptional against some tough opposition even though they were at home. I think we are ready to really do well overseas and most of the players who are part of the squad have been to South Africa and Australia before. So I really think we are set up for what, hopefully, will be a successful away series for India. If we have a bit of luck, like no injuries, I think we have the team to do well overseas,” Dravid said further.
Under Rahul Dravid captaincy, India wins for the first time in South Africa back in 2006-07. But India never win a test series in South Africa. Dravid believes that this Virat Kohli team has full potential to win the series in South Africa.
Dravid also said that Virat Kohli is going through the much better phase then he did between 2003 and 2004, “I think Virat is going through a much better phase than what I was going through in 2003. He has already got six double hundreds so far.”
“It’s incredible and phenomenal the way he has been playing. It’s the consistency of his performance that stands out for me. He is brilliant in all forms. It’s not just Test cricket but ODIs and T20s as well. He is playing great cricket. I always tell the under-19 boys that I coach to see the standard that Virat has set and the young cricketers should actually aspire to match the level of his consistency,” Dravid said.
Dravid also praises Cheteshwar Pujara and told about his importance in the Indian team “Cheteshwar Pujara has done really well for himself and for the team. He is a fine player and a lot of success we get overseas in times to come, will depend on the start we get and how the top order plays, which also includes Pujara.”
“I think he has a really important role to play in this team and I am looking forward to watching him in the next one year,” Dravid concluded.