Mumbai: Winning Test matches outside the sub-continent has been an 'Achilles Heel' for the Indian teams over the years but skipper Virat Kohli made it clear that they have "nothing to prove to anyone" during the upcoming South Africa series, starting 5 January.
India have not won a single Test series in the 'Rainbow Nation' for the past 25 years, starting back from the inaugural one in 1992.
"We have got rid of all the mental pressures of touring abroad and wanting to prove to people. We are not wanting to prove anything to anyone and our duty is to go out there, give our 100 per cent effort for the country and get the result that we want to," Kohli said at the pre-departure press conference of the Indian team.
The skipper said that one needs to be realistic that "sometimes the team will get results and sometimes it won't".
"We need to be realistic with what we are doing and that the only way we will be staying in the present and execute the things we want to. We are going there to just play cricket and it does not matter whether we are in South Africa, Australia, England or India," straight-talking India captain said.
"When you do things in conditions that are more challenging, that gives you more job satisfaction, that is for sure," the skipper spoke about the biggest incentive.
Indian teams over the years have struggled with the bounce that South African pitches offer, ha...