He had 134 runs from his previous 10 Test innings in England, but on this tour, he overhauled that mark with a 149-run knock in the first innings in Birmingham.
England and India were left frustrated at Lord's with persistent rain wiping out the whole of day one of the second Test.
"He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player". Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. "I feel as a team we're just about there".
Malan was replaced by 20-year-old Ollie Pope, who is set to make his debut.
England, according to the leaked sheet was going to play Chris Woakes in Ben Stokes absence and Ollie Pope as expected was going to make his debut.
"It hurts when you are not scoring runs (and) as well, the team is not doing well", Kohli said ahead of the crunch clash at the hone of cricket.
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Top-ranked India could field two spinners at Lord's, given the recent hot and dry English summer and Ravichandran Ashwin's seven wickets in the opening Test.
"As long as we cross the line, that is the only thing that matters", Kohli insisted. The man he is replacing was devastating with the ball in the first Test, grabbing two wickets in the first innings before picking up a 4-for in the second.
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In Pope they have a batsman who has been in superb form for County Championship leaders Surrey so far this season with 684 runs at a huge average of 85.50, including three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.
They also have the option of playing a second-spinner, be it orthodox left-armer Ravindra Jadeja or left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya the man most likely to miss out if either slow bowler is selected. I remember talking about Ashwin in my preview to this series and I am happy with the way he has presented himself.