Legendary all-rounder –Roger Binny, who was also part of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian squad, on Tuesday, claimed that it is not going to be easy for India to win Tests in South Africa, saying the Men in Blue have to really play good cricket to come good in the three-match Test series, starting from January 5 in Cape Town.
Since South Africa tour is on cards, many cricket pundits believe that the current Indian side-led by aggressive Virat Kohli can break the jinx and create history by winning Test series in the "Rainbow Nation".
While, former chief of national selectors Binny believes that they have just got off from all home pitches, adding Indian batters have to come good in South Africa to win matches here, as well as, it will be a "biggest test " for Kohli both as captain and batsman in overseas conditions.
Speaking to International Business Times, India, Binny said, “Definitely it is not going to be easy. We have just got off from all Indian pitches. The batsmen are all set in these conditions. It is not easy. They have to really play good cricket to come good. Definitely both as a batter and captain (biggest test for Kohli in South Africa and other foreign tours). This is where he has to show.”
On being asked can Kohli replicate his prolific form in South Africa, Binny said, “The wickets are not going to be batting friendly. You have to dig in little more harder to replicate the form that he (Kohli) was in India. Our record at home has always been 100 percent. But in Australia, England, South Africa where the bounce is different and there is movement off the seam we have struggled. That is the only drawback. We have to get over that. Our batsmen have to come good.”
He refused to come to any judgment when asked whether this is the best Indian side to tour South Africa. Binny concluded by saying, “I think we are getting carried away with the performances at home. You got to see them how they perform in different conditions. We can judge only after that.”