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India's real test will be in South Africa: Azhar

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin today said the Indian cricket team's real test will be the two-month long tour of

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

"The 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 here.

The low-profile 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 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 here 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 in the CAB jubilee year Hero Cup in 1993.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 21:32 IST