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South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is confident that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be do just ‘fine’ in England and warned that no one should commit the mistake to writing him off ahead of the India-England Test  series starting August 1.

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“Virat will do fine. He is a determined player. When people write him off, that’s the biggest mistake. When you write Virat off, he will come back and bite you where you don’t want to be bitten. So he will be fine in England,” Steyn told Delhi-based India Today.

While Kohli, the batsman, will be looking for retribution after his torrid 2014 tour in which he managed only 134 runs in ten innings, this time around he will have the added pressure or limelight of leading the squad and Steyn believes his former RCB teammate is a master of getting the best out of his players.

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As long as Virat is there, he is a master and knows what to get out of his players. He is quite an aggressive captain and he likes to win. So he will pick teams to win Test matches,” said the 35-year-old, who is just one wicket shy from becoming the leading wicket-taker in Test for the Proteas.

Steyn, who had hinted that he is not keen to continue playing limited-overs cricket after next year’s World Cup in England, also backed Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in the series despite the Saurashtra batsmen’s lean run in County Championship.

“Pujara has been a rock for them for a long time. He can bat for long periods of time and accumulate runs,” said Steyn adding, “Pujara looked good when I played against him. I got him out twice but he got a 50 too (in ODIs). He knuckled down and got his runs. I think he is fine.”