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Dravid hails ‘phenomenal’ Kohli heading into second Test against South Africa

India
wrapped up a 113-run victory on Thursday in the first game of the three-match
series at Centurion Park, where Kohli continued his run of low scores that has
seen him unable to profit from good starts to his innings.

Dravid
admitted there had been a lot of “noise” around Kohli in the last few
weeks after he was axed as captain of the One-Day International side, causing
some controversy back home.

But he said
there were no concerns about his form with the bat as India seek a first-ever
test series win in South Africa.

“Virat
has been phenomenal over the last 20 days we have been here, the way he has
trained and connected with the group,” Dravid told reporters on Sunday.

“I
could not speak more highly about him and the way he has committed to his own
preparation and his own practice. On and off the field he has been a fantastic
leader.

“We
were in a very good space leading into the first test and a lot of that was led
by Virat. It is a pleasure to work with someone like him. He batted well but
cannot convert those starts.”

Dravid
believes the runs will come for Kohli, who has not scored a Test century in
more than two years.

He has managed
652 runs in his last 14 Tests at an average of 26.08, almost half his career
average of 50.34.

“I
really feel there is going to be a big run of scores coming in from him,”
Dravid said. “It might not happen in the next game, though I hope it does,
but it will click in place.

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“He has
been a credit to himself and Indian cricket in the last few weeks.”

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