Eduan RoosJohannesburg – The Indian cricket team doesn’t have to look much further than the record books to know that an uphill battle is waiting for them in the Test series against the Proteas.WIN: Proteas v India Test ticketsThis is South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl’s warning to the visitors before the first of three Tests between the world's two top teams begins on Thursday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.His counterpart for the Indian team, Gary Kirsten, a former Proteas opening batsman, said last week his team would not regard itself as the best team in the world before they've beaten the South Africans in their own backyard."We don't pay much attention to what the Indian goals are in the series, but rather concentrate on what is ahead of us," said Van Zyl."They are an experienced team with much depth regarding their batting and bowling, but the record books never lie."In four previous attempts the Indians could not win a series in South Africa, and in addition they have only once in 12 Tests been victorious – when they beat the Proteas in December 2006 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg by 123 runs.Kirsten warned their opponents that the visitors would not easily let go of their title as the top team on the International Cricket Board (ICB) Test ranking."If you look at our performances and results over the past two years you can understand why we are the number one team," said Kirsten.Although the Indians have lost only twice in this time, most of their matches were played on the sub-continent.They could only clinch away Tests against New Zealand and Bangladesh, two of cricket's more lightweight teams.