Ahead of the India-South Africa test series which is scheduled to commence on October 2 in Vishakhapatnam, Indian captain Virat Kohli briefed the media and said that he is excited for the Test Championship and with the number of matches that the team has won, the series is an opportunity to take the team higher. He also spoke about Rohit Sharma opening in the upcoming series and that the batsmen will be allowed to find their 'zones'. Captain Kohli, while briefing the media, confirmed that Wriddhiman Saha will be starting ahead of Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja will also start for the team in the first match.
The Indian skipper said, "There has been absolute trust in the change room and that is the only way you can get to the top from the position that we were in 2015. The good thing is after winning so much, after doing so much of hard work there is a Test Championship ahead. So there is always something to look forward to. We can't drop our guards and that is the most exciting thing for us. With the number of wins we have got already, now is the opportunity to take that even higher, so why not? The team is in that space as I mentioned and we are really looking forward to this whole challenge of the test championship. "
Captain Kohli also said that the team had laid down a vision of 'flexibility' which meant the team would be selected according to suitable conditions. He said that it would have been very difficult for the team to perform had the team not shown any intent to perform well. "If the team hadn't bought into it then it would have been a bit difficult for the guys who start or don't start to play with the kind of intent. So it is amazing that the guys have bought into it and when you see the results then you realize that the team is heading towards the right direction," he added.
The format of the Championship calls for the nine top-ranked teams in the ICC Test rankings playing 6 series each — three at home and three away — against mutually chosen nations over the span of two years. Every series in the championship will be worth 120 points, irrespective of the number of Tests in it. At the end of the league stage, the top two teams will lock horns for one final test to lift the Test championship in England on June 2021.