Acknowledging the fact that some of the South African players will be carrying “a bit of baggage” from their last trip to India, Aiden Markram said that they will not harp on about the conditions when they face Virat Kohli’s men in the three-match Test series beginning 2 October.

Notably, the Proteas suffered a 0-3 loss in the Test series last time they toured India in 2015. It was also their first overseas series loss since 2006. At that time, Markram was only 20 and had not yet made his international debut.

“I remember watching that series a few years ago and it looked incredibly difficult. And I’m sure there’s a bit of baggage that certain players that were on that tour might still be carrying but that’s completely fine,” ICC quoted Markram as saying.

Markram, who has played only 17 Test matches so far scoring 1358 runs at 43.80, feels that it is always tough for any team to play and win matches outside home.

“I think it’s never an easy tour coming to anywhere in the subcontinent, let alone India. It’s full of challenges, but if we can conquer those challenges it will be really rewarding,” he said.

Praising his teammates, the 24-year-old said, “The guys are positive and upbeat and we’re maintaining a really good language in the changeroom, a really strong language. At the end of the day, we’re not going to harp on about conditions, we pretty much know what to expect and we just need to get the job done.”