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Sunil Gavaskar feels that Kohli’s lack of cricket may be a worry in South Africa

Siddharth Nair
|Sat Dec 16 2017

Heading into the new year, Team India must take a step back and look back at their fabulous run in the past year.

India won nine consecutive series at home as they beat all comers in all formats of the game.

Kohli’s men created history as they convincingly beat the likes of Bangladesh, England, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in what was their greatest home season for a very long time.

But as good as 2017 was for team India, 2018 could be even better as this Indian side will be travelling to England, South Africa and Australia.

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The first of these three oversees tours will commence from January 5th in South Africa as Kohli will try to be the first Indian captain to win a test series in South Africa.

Sunil Gavaskar had this to say about the upcoming tour,

Dale Steyn will be itching to play Test cricket after a long lay-off due to injury.

Whether he will be able to regain his pace is something only time will tell, but even if he bowls at reduced speed his late moving out-swingers will not be easy for the Indian batsmen to negotiate.

There is also Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel to contend with, and that’s going to be much more difficult than facing just Suranga Lakmal.”

“The other worry will be the fact that Virat Kohli will be away from top class cricket until January 5. Luckily, he has age on his side and so getting back the physical contours for international cricket won’t be too tough.”

“2018 could well be the year when the Indian team does what it has never done before — win a series in South Africa, and later in Australia.

Hopefully, the scheduling by then will be such that India will be in Australia well in advance and play proper first class matches. They will then not have to ask for pitches like the one they had at the Eden Gardens.”

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