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Virat Kohli has proved himself to be elemental in many of India's matches over the past few years. And it appears that Viral Kohli will have to be instrumental to India's path to victory in the upcoming 4-match-test-series against the Proteas. And these are the reasons why!
The Delhi batsman has proved his mettle over numerous foreign conditions, except maybe England. He has also been able to flaunt his skills over a variety of formats. And as such, a friendly condition back home is certainly not going to hurt!
After the retirement of MS Dhoni, the Indian team has definitely found itself short on experience in long formats. Although players like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan etc, are excellent in the limited over formats, there certainly is a lack of experience in the team for longer formats, and this means a large chunk of responsibility will fall over Kohli's shoulders.
Although, we still don't know if Virat Kohli would stick to his 5 bowler strategy like he did against Sri Lanka, but if he does and the Captain decided to go one batsman short, his job at the top of the order becomes even more important.