Inarguably one of the most popular and consistent batsmen in the modern era, Virat Kohli continues to rule the batting charts on the back of memorable performances in all three formats of the game. His artistry with the willow has made him a vital cog in the Indian batting line-up and often leaves the opposition bowlers scratching their head.
But, despite all his records and batting prowess, Kohli, now, faces the formidable test of proving his worth in the English conditions. The Indian skipper will be eager to right the wrongs of the 2014 tour where he managed to score just 134 runs at an average of 13.50 across 10 innings in Tests.
If Kohli is looking to bury the demons of his last outing in England this time around, the Englishmen are busy devising cunning plans and tactics to ensure that the Delhi-born cricketer suffers the same fate in the upcoming five-match Test series.
Stuart Broad, who will be one of the key bowlers alongside James Anderson for England, has revealed that the hosts have plans to halt Team India's talisman Kohli. "I really don't agree with the theory that one particular bowler can target a world-class batsman," Broad was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.
"You have to have that pressure and theatre at both ends against that sort of quality - that's when you get mistakes. If he's able to really watch Jimmy (Anderson) and play carefully but score off me, you're taking away any advantage as a team. As a bowling unit, we will just have to make it as hard for all of their batsmen to score early runs, but particularly a key player like Virat. We have to try and create pressure that way," he added.
Broad is returning to action after recovering from an ankle injury. His ability to use the conditions well and provide crucial breakthroughs to his side will be key to England's success in the much-anticipated Test series. On the other hand, Broad's bowling partner Anderson, who had Kohli's number in the 2014 tour, will also be expected to deliver the goods in the conditions favourable to swing and seam bowlers.
For the sake of Indian fans, let's hope that our country's run-machine Kohli answers the England bowlers and critics with a fine outing when India lock horns with the Englishmen in the first Test slated to begin from 1st August at Edgbaston.