South Africa coach Ottis Gibson aware of the threat Team India possess
Gibson was all praise of Virat Kohli and Co. as they are currently the number 1 ranked Test side.
Published - Jan 3, 2018 1:55 pm | Updated - Jan 3, 2018 1:55 pm
The highly anticipated series between India and South Africa is all set to commence on January 5 at Newlands in Cape Town in whites. Team India is touted to be the best ever under the leadership of Virat Kohli and are expected to push South Africa back in their own backyard. The hosts, on the other hand, have strengthened themselves by including AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn in their line-up and are ready to unleash themselves. However, the coach of the team Ottis Gibson is aware of the threat the visitors possess and have hailed them as the world-class team.
Proteas were at the top of the tree when they last visited India in 2015 and they lost the series 3-0 only to lose their numero uno status. The scenario is similar currently with the visiting side enjoying the top spot in the longest format of the game and are willing to prove themselves overseas. Kohli and Co. have the ability to embrace difficult situations in alien conditions and they would be looking to do the same in the upcoming series.
They’ve got lot of world class players
The coach of South Africa Ottis Gibson seems aware of the current Indian side and believes that they will travel better with the current setup. He also felt that the world-class players like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane among many others are not the home track bullies. “They are currently ranked No 1 and they’ve got a lot of world class players and world-class players aren’t just world class in their own backyards,” he was quoted as saying by International Business Times.
Gibson also realises that the upcoming three-match Test series is going to be one of the toughest for his team at home and went on to say that the Indian team will not collapse while batting like they earlier used to during the previous tours. “They’re a very good team and I think they will travel a lot better now. We know for sure that it is going to be a tough series. I don’t think you’re going to see them fold as much as they may have done in the past,” the 48-year-old concluded.