Since the day Virat Kohli has taken over the job of captain (for a complete series) of the Indian team in Test cricket, the Men in Bue have not toured any country outside Asia and West Indies. They haven’t travelled to South Africa, England or Australia and it is the first time – after a dress rehearsal of three years under Kohli – when the team has reached South Africa for its first-ever ardent test in conditions that are not at all found in India.

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The past three years which team India played at home under Kohli, it sort of attached a tag to the Indian team that this side does not go to countries outside the home to play Test cricket. The tag is legit as it took three years for the side to tour another country, which is surely a strange case.

Sanjay Bangar, team India’s assistant coach, though has put aside this talk and has said that most of the teams’ home records are better than the overseas records,

“In world cricket, most teams’ home records are better than their overseas records. The following Indian cricket has is enormous and so are the expectations. Every follower has an opinion. Our job is to respect those opinions and work towards achieving our own and the fans’ expectations. Average teams are known for their occasional successes and great teams are known by their occasional failures,” he told The Hindu.

Though Indian team hasn’t travelled outside Asia and West Indies in past three years, the Virat Kohli’s side is all set to be away from home conditions for next 15 months. They have already reached South Africa for their first test, where, if the team does well, then it will quash all the talks of being a home track bully.

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Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, Newlands, Press Conference, South Africa Vs India
Photo Credit: BCCI.

In the third quarter of the year, team India will travel to England for a long series followed by the tour of Australia as well. A tour of New Zealand next year will mark an end to team India’s away stay and then 2019 World Cup will give a perfect report card, which will tell how much the team has groomed in past three years.

The results of the previous tour will continue to haunt the side as on the last tour of South Africa, team India lost the series by a margin of 1-0. In England, after winning the second Test at Lord’s, team India squandered the advantage and lost the series by 3-1. In Australia, where Virat Kohli led in two Test matches, team India lost the series by 2-0.

In short, the results have never been in favour of team India in past few years (on away tours) and Virat Kohli will have to bend the records in the quest to succeed in those tours.

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