Cape Town - Former Indian spinner Anil Kumble believes India will "create history" when they take on the Proteas in their upcoming tour to South Africa.
Kumble, who resigned as India's head coach in June earlier this year, was confident that the world No 1 Test team will complete a historic victory over the Proteas in their own backyard.
India have never won a Test series in South Africa having lost five times to the Proteas and one drawn.
"I'm confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. That's the confidence I have," Kumble was quoted as saying by India Today.
"I'm sure the team under Virat (Kohli) certainly has the capabilities to achieve that and continue all the good work they have been doing."
Kumble took 619 wickets in 132 Tests for India and is only the second bowler in cricket history after England's Jim Laker to have taken all 10 in a Test innings.
India will face South Africa in three Tests, starting in Cape Town on January 5.
India's Test squad for South Africa:
Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, K. L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
India's tour to South Africa:
January 5-9 - 1st Test, Newlands
January 13-17 - 2nd Test, Centurion
January 24-28 - 3rd Test, Wanderers
February 1 - 1st ODI, Kingsmead (D/N)
February 4 - 2nd ODI, Centurion
February 7 - 3rd ODI, Newlands (D/N)
February 10 - 4th ODI, Wanderers (D/N)
February 13 - 5th ODI, St. George's Park (D/N)
February 16 - 6th ODI, Centurion (D/N)
February 18 - 1st T20I, Wanderers
February 21 - 2nd T20I, Centurion (D/N)