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India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was a relieved man when he finally returned home from a tough tour of Sri Lanka, wherein his side emerged victorious in a three-Test series. India created history under the leadership of Kohli, as they managed to win a Test series in Sri Lanka after a long gap of 22 years. What was even more special about India’s win was the fact that the team bounced back after an embarrassing loss in the first Test, and did not give Sri Lanka any room to make a comeback into the contests. Kohli himself led from the front, as he ended the series as the top run-scorer with 233 runs in the three Tests. Kohli scored a century as well as a half-century and averaged in excess of 38 on that tour.

The Indian cricket team is currently on a long break as they will be getting into action only in October, when the limited-overs leg of their home series against South Africa will begin. The South Africans will be in India for a marathon tour, wherein they will be playing four Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals. ALSO READ: Rahane confident of Indian batsmen excelling against spin vs SA in Test series

The South African team will be in India for about 72 days, and it is certainly a welcome sign for both the countries after all that transpired in late 2013. India were supposed to play four Tests in South Africa, but due to a dispute, the tour was cut short to only two Tests. ALSO READ: Wriddhiman Saha: Confident of getting fit before South Africa series

The series will be a massive challenge for Kohli, who has begun his reign on a positive note. But the task against the South Africans will be a herculean one.