The Indian team has achieved a lot of success in Test cricket. Virat Kohli’s team has won series and matches even on foreign soil. Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has given the reason behind the victory of the Indian team on foreign tours.
The Indian team is currently counted among the best performing teams on foreign soil. Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team is also counted as the best team in Test cricket. New Zealand won the World Test Championship 2021 by defeating India. This dominance of India on foreign soil was reborn with the tour of South Africa in 2018. Although the Indian team could not win the Test series there, but they definitely showed the spirit by winning the Test match in Johannesburg.
After this, the Indian team performed consistently well overseas. The team defeated Australia twice in the Test series in Australia. After this the team was ahead 2-1 in the five-match series in England. Due to Covid-19, the fifth and last match of the series will be played in July next year.
The next match of the Indian team is now against South Africa. The team has played three Tests and as many ODIs on the tour of South Africa. The first Test match of the Indian team will be held in Johannesburg from 26 December. Looking at the performance of Team India on overseas tours, it can be expected that they can win their first Test series in South Africa. When Salman Butt was asked about the success of the Indian team, he said that India is preparing itself to face all kinds of challenges.
Butt said on his YouTube channel, ‘India prepares for this. If you see, India A team goes to England, Australia. And even now the team is on the tour of South Africa. I’ll give you an example. Mohammad Siraj has played most of his first-class matches outside India, where he has featured in four-day matches. Other countries are not doing this. They are not sending their A teams for four-day matches like India. Earlier, you used to see that Australia ‘A’ team used to come to Pakistan. Even Sri Lanka and South Africa used to send their ‘A’ teams to Pakistan.
Now, teams are distancing themselves from the longest format of cricket. The players are not preparing for that. They are not able to prepare the mindset for the test.