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Why Australia is afraid of Virat Kohli

India Today logo India Today 15/02/2017
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Australia will have their work cut out in their bid to contain Virat Kohli's Team India who are riding high on six series wins.

Top-ranked India are on a brilliant run, unbeaten in 19 Tests over a 16-month period with South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh all vanquished at home, while trips to Sri Lanka and West Indies also culminated in victories. 

By contrast, the visiting Steve Smith's side were thrashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka and lost the first two Tests of a three-match home series against South Africa before wholesale changes led to a consolation win in Adelaide and the new charges went on to sweep aside Pakistan.

Photos: Virat Kohli's amazing records

Virat Kohli's amazing records

However, Australia's toughest challenge will come when they take on India in the upcoming four-Test series starting February 23. And what makes the contest even more difficult for the Aussies is Kohli - the man who seems to be in the form of his life.

Here's why Kohli will be Australia's enemy number one:


The Indian captain is in imperious form with four double centuries in consecutive series - the first by any batsman. Kohli had set an Indian record last year by becoming the first captain to score three double hundreds. His first came against West Indies and he then followed that up with another one against New Zealand. Against England, he scored his career best 235 in Mumbai. He slammed his fourth double hundred as India crushed Bangladesh by 208 runs in the one-off Test. Kohli has also accumulated the most test runs for an Indian batsman in a season, beating Virender Sehwag's record of 1105 runs in 2004-05. 


Kohli is a player who thrives under pressure and he has proved that time and again. Back in 2015, when Australia tried to sledge him in their own backyard, the strategy backfired on them as it only brought the best out of the Indian captain.

Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey also warned Smith and Co. not to sledge Kohli in India. Hussey said riling Kohli may backfire on the Australians and they should instead focus on a plan to dismiss him cheaply during the series.


Kohli's flair and class has always been up for display whenever he has been on the field and when he is up against Australia, he excels. He hammered the Australians around the park during India's tour of Australia back in 2015 and scored 692 runs including four centuries. They tried to bounce him off, knick him out but nothing worked. 


This Indian team wants to go for the kill and led by their captain they know how to grind out a victory if it is not handed to them. After beating Bangladesh, India extended their longest streak without a defeat to 19 Tests. Their last defeat had come against Sri Lanka at Galle in August 2015.

India are a settled unit and playing like champions since the last couple of years. Kohli has played an important role in shaping the team's character and has given his players a positive feel. Kohli prefers to lead by example and acts as a role model for his team.

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