Following the toss, Kohli said that his side too would have opted to bowl first had they won the toss.
"Looking at the amount of grass, and the surface not hard, we would have bowled first. We saw four bowlers warming up, so we wanted to put them under pressure. Three quicks, Pandya and Ashwin as the sole spinner," he said.
Faf du Plessis, on the other hand, said that the Proteas had an incredibly tough selection, but they are going with their strongest squad.
"My experience is a lot slower on day 1 and then it quickens up. I don't look too much at stats, conditions has changed here. Prepared a bit softer to keep the moisture. Incredibly tough selection, we went for the positive move: four seamers and a spinner. In these conditions, this is our strongest squad," he said.
However, India will miss the services of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja due to viral infection, as a result keeping Ravichandran Ashwin as the sole spinner in the Playing XI.
After rampaging through the home season, India will now aim to continue their winning momentum overseas as well going into the first match.
India, who have won nine successive Test series to equal the record of Australia and England, will be brimming with confidence and will look to clinch their first Test series win against South Africa.
Meanwhile, Kohli's side can also break new records and become the first side in history to get to ten Test series win in a row with a victory over the Proteas.
South Africa, on the other hand, are also boosted with the return of speedster Dale Steyn and rejuvenated AB de Villiers and that they will be well prepared to face the challenge of the Indian team, the top-ranked Test side.
South Africa's XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada.(ANI)