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In the past two years, he's scored runs with consistency and class. He's contributed to a world cup victory, his place is assured in the ODI setup, he's confident of his abilities and in the limited amount of first class cricket that he's played runs have come at an average of almost 50.
There is no doubt in my mind that he is a test cricketer in the making. Sure, he failed in the away series against the West Indies and he's struggling right now in Australia. But we absolutely have to play him in the remaining two test matches. Even if he fails to put bat to ball, we have to play him. Slot him above Laxman in the batting order so that he has the cushion of wickets in hand. It'll allow him to spend more time in the middle with Sachin who is in beautiful touch. He will have the luxury of playing out deliveries because Sachin and Laxman will score freely. By the time he has to bat with Dhoni, Ashwin and the tail he would have seen off the early nervousness.
Kohli can potentially be the glue that holds the top and middle order together. He's repaid the Indian cricket team's faith in him in ODI cricket. The team now has to be prepared to let him fall a few times in test cricket before he finds his footing.