Friday, January 5, 2018

Cape Town is Virat Kohli and Co's best chance to win, says Ajay Jadeja

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Former cricketer Ajay Jadeja feels the first Test against South Africa, starting in the friendly conditions of Cape Town today, will provide India the best chance to record a win in the three-match series. Unlike in the past, India will play their first Test in Cape Town and then head to more seam-friendly venues like Centurion and Johannesburg for the next two matches. Jadeja felt Cape Town gives Virat Kohli & Co a bright chance to start the tour on a confident note.

"It will be a great challenge. Lot of people expect us to win easily there but I don't think it'll be that easy. Yes, we are a better side than what we used to be in the past, but overseas is always a different ball game. When other teams come here, it's the same for them," Jadeja said.

"The first Test is probably going to be the most important and India are lucky to play in Cape Town this time. Normally, we play in Cape Town at the end of the series and by then we are beaten mentally. "Luckily we will be playing on a pitch that gives us the best chance to win because that's the one that turns, that's the one that gives a little help. It's very hot out there and I believe it might turn. So, hopefully we will start well and have a better tour this time.

"If you win, nobody will remember what Virat Kohli had said but if you don't end up winning then people will remind Kohli that the day before he left, he was still getting married and wasn't on the cricket field," added Jadeja, who was here at a function to bid adieu to India's blind cricket team as they travel to for their fifth ODI World Cup, starting from January 8 in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

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