India is all set to tour South Africa for three Tests and limited-overs matches early next year. Discarded India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels India are ready for the Proteas challenge.
India have won nine consecutive Test series including the 1-0 win at home against Sri Lanka. But, they are yet to win a Test series in South Africa.
Gambhir, however, was quoted as saying in an ANI report, "I think it is going to be a big challenge because South Africa is a great side. They are a very good side. They have got a good bowling attack. So, I think it is going to be a good challenge. I am sure the guys will be ready for it. Because you want to challenge yourself against the best in their own conditions.”
Speaking about how India should be ready for the challenge, he added, "I think India will tour South Africa with a lot of confidence because they have done well in last two and a half years. But it is important to get used to the conditions really quickly and try to be mentally tough.”
India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 internationals in South Africa. The first Test begins on January 5 at Cape Town.
--By A Cricket Correspondent