Virat Kohli is at the top of his game but he must get his other batters to perform if he is to grab the crowning glory of India’s first Test series victory in Australia, reports AFP.
Series defeats in South Africa and England this year showed, Kohli piling on the runs will be no guarantee of victory when the four-Test series starts on Thursday in Adelaide.
India started the key Australia tour with a loss in the first Twenty20 on November 21 but went on to level the three-match series after the second game was rained off and they won the final match.
But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying. India’s dismal record Down Under, which started with a crushing series loss to Don Bradman’s side in 1948, is just five wins in 44 Tests.
Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck the that trend. “Looking at how much experience we have gained in the four years since we have last been here, and how the team has played, we definitely feel we have what it takes to win Test matches away from home,” he said in an interview with Macquarie Radio.
“And, hopefully, this time around, a full series,” said Kohli.
However Australia batsman Travis Head is confident the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will keep Kohli in check.
Kohli led his team’s batting in the 2014 series in Australia, amassing 692 runs in four matches despite India losing 2-0.