In the upcoming Test series against South Africa, S Sreesanth believes that Virat Kohli will play a crucial role as the ‘X-factor’ for India. The Indian team has yet to secure a series victory in red-ball cricket in South Africa, and Kohli’s performance could be pivotal in changing that trend.
Virat Kohli has a strong track record in South Africa, accumulating 719 runs in 14 innings with two centuries and three fifties, boasting an impressive average of 51.36. According to Sreesanth, Kohli approaches the game with a sense of personal responsibility and pride, aiming not only to prove himself but to deliver excellence consistently.
The former pacer expressed confidence in Kohli’s ability to perform at the highest level and mentioned that the Indian captain takes pride in his contributions to the team without being egoistic.
“Virat Kohli. Virat loves to keep proving, rather than to anybody but to himself. I think he’s that cricketer who actually plays with that pride and he takes that pride in a very good way, not in an egoistic way. So pride for me, and for Virat also I’m sure it’s like personal responsibility in delivering excellence. So, I will go with Virat and KL Rahul,” said Sreesanth.
Sreesanth sees the upcoming series as India’s best opportunity to secure a Test series victory in South Africa. He expressed optimism about the team’s chances and described winning the series as a ‘dream come true.’ Acknowledging the challenges of playing in South Africa, Sreesanth emphasized the importance of seizing the opportunity and expressed his desire to witness India achieving a historic Test series win.
“I think this is the best opportunity. Since the time South Africa came back into the international scene, this time we do have a great opportunity and a great chance to win a series there which is like a dream come true. I would love to see India winning the Test series. It will be like winning the World Cup because winning against South Africa in South Africa is not going to be easy but as the ad says, ‘Mazaa ayeega’,” said Sreesanth.