Murali Vijay during India's previous tour to South Africa    Getty Images
Murali Vijay during India’s previous tour to South Africa Getty Images

India have never won a Test series in South Africa. They had won the opening Test in 2006-07, but could not emulate the result in the remaining two Tests. In 2010-11, they managed to draw the series. These were the only two occasions when India had a realistic chance of drubbing South Africa in their own den.

The No. 1 team, under Virat Kohli, will now tour South Africa to play four Tests from January 2018, and the predictions have already started to trend. Opener Murali Vijay and former team manager Lalchand Rajput believe that India have the ability to capture the unconquered territory.

Speaking to India Today, Vijay said that India are well-equipped to beat South Africa, “Not only South Africa. It’s about how we are going to go about it the whole season. It is going to be very important for us. If you think about short team goals then yes, this series is very important for us to start. I personally think we are well equipped to do well. As I said, we’ve got to go there, get used to the conditions really fast and find a way to perform.”

Rajput was on the same page when spoke to Hindustan Times: “India have a good chance of beating the South African cricket team. This team has the potential to do wonders and make history.”