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Getting AB de Villiers out won’t guarantee victory: Virat Kohli

The primary reason the Proteas have been so successful at home is that of their pace-laden lethal bowling attack.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli speaks in the press conference. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Upcoming South Africa vs India series promises to be one of the exciting events of next year’s cricketing calendar. The numero uno Test team will take on the second-ranked Proteas, in what will be a gruelling contest to establish their dominion. And with the onset of the series, the fans will get to witness one of most anticipated rivalry between two cricketers- AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli.

Undoubtedly amongst the best batsmen in the world, both the batsmen form an integral cog of their respective national teams and will be expected to shoulder a majority of the responsibilities in the upcoming series. However, contrary to popular belief, De Villiers has the highest regards for his Royal Challengers Bengaluru teammate and Indian skipper Virat Kohli simply does not understand why every Indo-South Africa series is billed as a battle between him and the Protea counterpart.

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According to TOI, when quizzed about his duel with De Villiers, Kohli promptly replied, “It’s not like only two guys are playing in this series. AB is a great friend of mine. I respect the way he plays the game and I have always respected him as a person as well. But, when we are playing against each other it’s not that we cross the line with each other, we are just not like that.”

Proteas boast of a good batting depth in the middle

The primary reason the Proteas have been so successful at home is that of their pace-laden lethal bowling attack. And it’s no secret that the Indian batsmen had struggled in the past in the rainbow nation.

The Indian skipper also reminded that merely getting De Villiers out won’t ensure a Test match victory for the Men in Blue. With the likes of Hashim Amla, de Kock in the middle apart from De Villiers pose an equal threat as they would with the ball.

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