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5 challenges for India before the England tour

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20.18K   //    26 Feb 2018, 18:25 IST

India were good in South Africa, but they need to be better in England
India were good in South Africa, but they need to be better in England

India may have failed to win the Test leg of their tour to South Africa, which concluded on Saturday, but they rose to the occasion and how in the limited-overs leg and how, winning both the ODI and T20I series, courtesy some superb individual performances.

However, result in whites for the Virat Kohli-led side did indicate that there were a few chinks in the armour which needed improvements before they embarked for the tour of England in July, where they will look to regain the Pataudi Trophy.

Here are the five challenges that Kohli and his men will need to address before that.

Over-reliance on Virat Kohli the batsman

Even before India embarked on the tour to South Africa, it was expected out of Kohli to be the batting leader for India, even though there were other capable players in the squad.

However, as it turned out, not only was he most supreme India batsman on-show but towards the end of the series and also the tour, it almost became the Kohli vs South Africa show as the right-hander stood firm even as the rest of his soldiers fell around him.

While Kohli's brilliance is a big positive for India, a sense of over-reliance on him is not good signs for India going forward and it would help him and the team if the others, too, stood up and performed in the Old Blighty.

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