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Bowlers more crucial than batsmen: Virat Kohli

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Calling off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin the team’s go-to man ahead of the four-match Test series against South Africa, skipper Virat Kohli today said bowlers have always been more crucial than batsmen in cricket’s longer format.

Having lost the T20 and the ODI series, India are looking to turn it around in the four-match Test series, starting tomorrow. Kohli hinted that he would go in with five bowlers in the game.

“…if we have six batsmen and one wicketkeeper then even if you score 500 runs, but are a bowler short, then more often than not there will come a session when you will give away too many runs and will not get a wicket,” Kohli told reporters in the pre-match press conference.

“So, I think the top-five batsmen should take more responsibility of scoring runs. Along with the wicketkeeper, it becomes six batsmen and your all-rounders also contribute,” he said.

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