India has never won a Test series in South Africa, but after recent successes in Australia and the UK is emerging for its long-distance competitiveness.
Rahul admits South Africa presents a completely different test, especially for hitters, but believes India is ready.
“The speed and bounce on the field here is very different from every other country,” Rahul told reporters on Friday. “That’s why it’s important that we get here earlier to try to adjust the conditions.
“We had a lot of training sessions to create confrontation situations and train with intensity. It was a great week of preparation.
“The court surface can be difficult because of the bounce of ‘tennis balls’. When we played in Australia they were quick and bouncy, but here it can be a bit spongy for the first few days and then start to pick up speed. ”
“South Africa is a fun place to play cricket and comes as a challenge for both hitters and pitchers.”
India are without a goal to open the scoring more than 30 in their final series in South Africa in 2018, where Rahul has averaged just 7.50 over four innings with a top score of 16.
“You need to be a lot more focused and disciplined in your mind here, and a lot more patient and waiting to score your points,” Rahul said.
The prospect of making history as the first Indian team to win a series in South Africa was tantalizing to the players.
“It’s been a big streak for us as a team,” added Rahul. “We’ve won in England and Australia, but we haven’t won a series here and that gives us extra motivation.
“We need to learn from the mistakes of the previous tour and do better this time.”