South African skipper Graeme Smith on Saturday said he had full faith his team would overcome selection controversies and excel in the three-Test series against India starting here next week.
Proteas' fast bowler Andre Nel was controversially left out of the tour to accommodate Charl Langeveldt and conform with the board's transformation policy that requires six players of colour to be picked in a squad of 14.
Langeveldt himself pulled out of the squad, saying he did not want to be selected on the basis of his colour.
Smith, however, said he was confident his team would overcome the odds and succeed in the Tests, which begin on Wednesday.
"It is a bit disappointing. We feel for the players and have spoken to them. It affects the team certainly. But we are mature enough and our job is to continue with the game," he told reporters.
"India are a formidable side at home but we have the team to succeed in their conditions. We have two good spinners in left-armers Paul Harris and Robin Peterson and a battery of young fast bowlers who are capable of dismissing India twice in a game.
"We also have good batters in the top six positions. I am confident that they are capable of fulfilling the task," he said.
South Africa go into the series on the back of a triumphant tour against Bangladesh while India are fresh from a rare one-day victory against Australia.
Much is at stake in the series as the results will decide who takes the second spot in the official Test rankings, currently headed by Australia.
The second Test will be played in Ahmedabad from April 3, while the third and final match is slated to be held in Kanpur from April 11.