Latest Cricket News: Donald attributes Kohli’s statements from 2018 to the development of a “great Indian team”

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Latest Cricket News: Whatever you think of Virat Kohli, there’s no disputing that he’s been responsible for some of the best Test cricket the Indian team has ever played. Back-to-back series victories in Australia, putting England on the mat on their own soil, finishing the year as the No. 1 rated Test team, and having the most wins by an Indian captain are just a few of his and the Indian team’s incredible achievements.

Allan Donald, a former fast bowler and one of the finest pacers to ever play the game, provided his thoughts on the three-match series between India and South Africa ahead of what looks to be an exciting series.

Donald, dubbed ‘The White Lightning,’ anticipates a high-scoring match between the two teams, recalling how a remark from skipper Virat Kohli during the 2017/18 visit helped transform India into a formidable squad.

“This is without a doubt one of the top series in the international game, and we can look forward to a tremendous struggle over the summer,” Donald said, according to cricket.co.za.

“Kohli’s comments a few years ago were that you’ll never be classed as a great side if you don’t win away from home and that has been something he really worked towards. You saw them win in Australia and also reach the WTC (World Test Championship) Final. This is a quality Indian team that is here. I’m looking forward to it.”

Donald is alluding to the 2018 Test series between India and South Africa, in which India lost 1-2. However, as Kohli stated, it marked the beginning of a new era in which the Indian team would establish new standards in terms of playing good cricket abroad.

“South Africa was really the start for us as a team, travelling and starting to believe we can win series overseas,” he said. “We built it up nicely in England, and Australia was an accumulation of all those efforts,” Kohli had said recently.

When it comes to South Africa, Donald believes the home team would have a difficult time squaring off against an Indian line-up full of potent bowlers. Donald believes that the match will be between South African batsmen – who are a little inexperienced – and Indian bowlers, with the winner likely to be whoever comes out on top.

“Both teams line up really well, both have strong bowling line-ups and that will mean the batting on both sides will be tested. Our batting has lost some key players in the last couple of seasons. There’s no hiding from the fact that it’s a young line-up and they will be tested by the Indian attack,” Donald pointed out.

“For me that is where the series will be decided. In the last few seasons, we haven’t scored enough runs and that will be the challenge. If we can put the runs on the board, we undoubtedly have the bowlers who can take 20 wickets. There is a really good balance to our attack, and it will be interesting to watch.”

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