1st Test, India vs South Africa: Challenge ahead of Virat Kohli to make home Test captaincy debut special

In his full-fledged series as the captain of the Indian Test team, Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap by ending a historic wait of a series win in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

1st Test, India vs South Africa: Challenge ahead of Virat Kohli to make home Test captaincy debut special

New Delhi: In his full-fledged series as the captain of the Indian Test team, Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap by ending a historic wait of a series win in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Kohli led from the front as India ruined Kumar Sangakkara's farewell series by winning it 2-1.

But Kohli's real Test would be against Hashim Amla-led South Africa, who stunned the home team by defeating them in both T20 as well as ODI series.

MS Dhoni's personal form as well as leadership skills came under scrutiny in limited-overs series, as he failed to lead from the front against the Saffers.

Kohli, whose positive intent is something which has been lauded by several experts, will look to back his five-bowler strategy, where India have three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja at their disposal.

The pace attack is an area of concern, and it remains to be seen whether the Indian think-tank would be willing to back their two premier speedsters – Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. Considering Bhuvneshwar Kumar's deteriorating swing, India might look to unsettle the Proteas with these two pacers, who undoubtedly are two of the quickest pacers in India.

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