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Kohli looks to fellow batters for glory Down Under
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Kohli looks to fellow batters for glory Down Under

Dubbed "King Kohli" by the Indian media, the star batsman and India skipper, must get his other batters to perform if he is to summit the challenge Down Under.

Virat Kohli has accumulated 1,063 runs in 18 Test innings this year. But as 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.

Kohli made 286 in three South Africa Tests but India lost the series 2-1 while the world's top Test side went down to England 4-1 despite the captain's 593 runs in five matches.

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, who recently became the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODIs, surpassing India legend and former captain Sachin Tendulkar.

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.

"Hopefully the boys get him under control," said Head. "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru. He's an extremely good player, but I think we've got the bowlers to do the job.

"They're one of the best bowling units in the world. It's going to be an exciting battle, hopefully we'll come out on top," he added.