The Kohli vulnerability the Aussies must target
It's the question so many have tried to answer, usually without success: how do you stop Virat Kohli?
The bad news for Australia in its upcoming Test series against India is it's not easy. Kohli is a run-scoring machine who averages 64.86 in the past four years.
The good news, however, is that his performances away from home have left behind some subtle clues that can increase Australia's chances of success.
Here, foxsports.com.au dissects the numbers to find out how to get Kohli out.
WHEN IS HE VULNERABLE?
Like many great batsmen before him, Kohli typically goes on to make big scores once he's faced a few overs and made it to 20.
That leaves Australia's bowlers one option: get him early.
In 59 innings outside of Asia, Kohli has most commonly lost his wicket before making it past 10 runs (17 times). That number increases to 23 when looking at his dismissals for 20 runs or less.
His 16 innings in Australia follow the same trend, having been dismissed for 20 or less almost a third of the time (5). When Kohli has made it past 20 in Australia, he has scored two fifties and five centuries.
The Australians will need to be switched on and executing their plans from ball one to limit Kohli's impact.
HOW DOES HE GET OUT?
The stats suggest that bowling plans to Kohli need to drastically change once he's made it past 10.
Kohli is most commonly caught, having lost his wicket in that fashion 43 times out of 59 innings outside of Asia.
He's only been given out lbw or bowled 14 times, but the timing of those wickets deliver an important clue. Eight of those occasions have been before Kohli could make it to 10.
In Australia, he's been bowled or given lbw four times. But, three of those four times occurred before reaching double digits.
Kohli has, however, most commonly been caught behind or at first slip when playing in Australia (six times).
WHO GETS HIM OUT?
Kohli has only once lost his wicket to a spin bowler in Australia.
Nathan Lyon is tied with England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad for taking Kohli's wicket the most times (5), but four of those came in India.
The heavy lifting has come from Australia's fast bowlers who have dismissed him 14 times in Australia, with Kohli's final wicket coming from a run-out.
Quicks Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Johnson have each dismissed Kohli three times in Australia, while Ryan Harris has snared his wicket twice.
WHAT DELIVERIES GET HIM OUT?
The tried and tested ball that hits the imaginary bails of a 'fourth stump' may work in troubling the majority of the world's batsmen, but not Kohli.
Data from CricViz has found that Kohli has faced 99 of these balls from seamers away from home since his last Test tour of Australia in 2014-15.
Not one of those balls has got him out.
Instead, it's deliveries of a fuller length which have taken his wicket at a quicker rate.
In away Tests in 2018, Kohli has been dismissed by full deliveries once every 43 balls. That's compared to once every 159 for all other deliveries.
The catch, however, is that Kohli is also at his most prolific when facing full deliveries. He's scoring at 6.54 runs per over when facing full balls in away Tests this year, compared to 2.10 on a good length, and 3.00 on short balls.
And as for movement, it is seaming deliveries rather than swing which has troubled Kohli most away from home in 2018, according to CricViz.
Across 13 dismissals, six have been balls that have seamed in, compared to four that have swung away.
When all is considered, a full delivery from a quick that nips in to Kohli when he's on single digits statistically has the best chance of getting him out this summer.