India's 'real test' will be against South Africa, says former captain Mohammad Azharuddin

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday said the Indian cricket team's real test will be the two-month long tour of South Africa.

PTI, November 15, 2017

Kolkata: Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday said the Indian cricket team's real test will be the two-month long tour of South Africa.

File image of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Reuters

File image of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Reuters

India are currently hosting Sri Lanka, who were beaten across all formats in their own den earlier this year.

"The Sri Lanka series will be challenging but India's real test will be against South Africa," he told reporters on the sidelines of the inaugural Jagmohan Dalmiya Conclave in Kolkata.

The low-profile Sri Lanka series is seen as a prelude to the gruelling tour to South Africa, where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is in January-February next year.

Azharuddin also showered praise on India skipper Virat Kohli.

"He is outstanding. The way he is leading from the front is good to see."

Azhar had a love affair with the Eden Gardens and whenever he batted in Kolkata he seemed to be possessed by an urge to do well.

"Whatever I have, when you talk of memories at the Eden, they are only happy ones. I like this ground a lot," he said.

Azharuddin was part of the invitees as he had captained India in the CAB jubilee year Hero Cup in 1993.

Updated Date: Nov 15, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114