Reflecting on the year gone by where India achieved historic success in Australia and came close to winning a Test series in England, Kohli said the side is getting confident with each passing game.
India's fiery pace unit, including the world-class Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, picked up 18 wickets to make the country the first Asian team to win a Test match at the SuperSport Park
This is India's first win at Centurion and the India skipper, recalling his team's fantastic victory at Wanderers in the final Test in 2018, said that result instilled plenty of self-belief
South Africa have more than 140 overs to score 305 but on this Supersport Park track, it will be a Herculean task to make a match of the target.
Skipper Virat Kohli has Cheteshwar Pujara for company going into the break and any target above 300 set by India could be near-impossible to chase down for this SA line-up.
Mohammed Shami (2/16), Jasprit Bumrah (1/12), Mohammed Siraj (1/29) and Shardul Thakur (1/27) all got into the act on a spicy deck with a lot of underlying moisture
Bumrah, whose 14-run cameo helped India get past the 325-run mark, dismissed skipper Dean Elgar before walking off the field.
K L Rahul (123) and Ajinkya Rahane (48) added one and eight respectively to their overnight scores with Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada running through India's middle and lower-order
At the end of the opening day's play, India were strongly placed at 272 for three in 90 overs.
South Africa gave tall seam-bowling allrounder Marco Jansen, who is 6-foot-8, his international debut in the absence of fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who is out of the series with injury.
For South Africa, this is their own Gabbatoir. Since the venue started hosting Tests since 1995, they have lost only twice in 26 matches.
The series is taking place amid the rising threat of COVID-19 following the emergence of the Omicron variant last month and a spike in the number of Covid cases in South Africa.
From university and academic collaborations to students and faculty collaborations, the relationship between the two countries is very strong, Barry O'Farrell AO said.
Kohli, who stroked a fighting 153 in India's first innings, said his side erred in reading the Centurion wicket properly.
Resuming the day at 35 for three, India failed to recover in their second innings and surrendered to a potent South Africa pace attack.