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Virat Kohli: I was away from cricket for something more important

Virat Kohli: I was away from cricket for something more important”

Virat, who had missed India's ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka due to his marriage, will return to lead the team as skipper for the 3-Test series, followed by six-match one-day series and 3-T20Is as well in South Africa.

"We, as a team, are feeling confident in the way we stand - the balance and the kind of cricket we've been playing", Kohli told reporters, as quoted by BCCI.tv.

Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, tied the knot in a private ceremony on December 11 in Italy and held their first wedding reception in Delhi recently, which was graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India have never won a Test series in South Africa having lost five times and drawn once.

India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is on a testing tour that will last nearly two months (56 days). The Southpaw was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai. He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and has undergone for an MRI scan.

"Shikhar Dhawan's ankle is being assessed".

The Proteas take on India in a three-match Test series, starting on January 5 at Newlands.

If Dhawan is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul could open the batting with Murali Vijay.

India celebrated their last major away victory in 2008/09 when they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a three-match Test series.

India have not looked back since and have won nine successive Test series and that too easily.



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