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Kohli keen to end SA drought

Mumbai : India will need mental toughness as much as consistent performances with bat and ball if they are to record their first Test series victory in South Africa, Virat Kohli said in the pre-departure press conference here today.
Kohli, who was rested during India’s T20I series win against Sri Lanka earlier this month, urged his team to embrace the testing conditions they will experience on tour, which are traditionally more suited to the fast bowlers. “You need to play good cricket for long period of time to win abroad,” said Kohli. “The hunger this time is the same. We want to do what we couldn’t the last time around.
“Cricket is played with bat and ball and if you are there mentally, every condition seems like a home condition. You have to embrace the local culture to be able to do well there. The excitement is very important to be able to do well.” India have retained their No. 1 spot in the Test rankings on the back of a formidable home record, but Kohli reckons his team have the opportunity to improve further during trips to South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand over the next 18 months.

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