Results in practice games do not matter a lot. After all, they are just matches against teams with upcoming, relatively inexperienced players, allowing the visiting side to get idea about the conditions that would prevail during the main contests. In India's case though, it is not all that simple.
India did not go into the T20 series against South Africa as favourites though they were playing at home. But, going by records, they had a slight advantage, having beaten South Africa in six of the eight encounters between the teams prior to the latest series.
There was a time when India struggled to win matches in Zimbabwe. This was specifically during the 90s and the early 2000s when India travelled very poorly, and Zimbabwe were still a competitive force at the international stage.
The wait is finally over. The Indian cricket team for the 2015 ICC World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand next month has been announced. While most of the players picked themselves even before the meeting to finalise the team got underway