India’s skipper Virat Kohli is going to play a key role on the Australian tour. Kohli had scored 692 runs on the previous tour of Australia as he was the second highest run-getter. Thus, there is going to be high expectations on Kohli’s shoulder to once deliver the goods. Meanwhile, it is noted whenever is Virat Kohli is sledged by the opposition, he goes to make an even bigger score.

Therefore, it is generally suggested to not wake up a sleeping lion. However, Australian cricket was hit hard by the ball-tampering scandal. Since the nasty incident, the Aussies have played soft cricket as compared to their previous generation.

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Virat Kohli. Image Courtesy: Getty

Although, Australia always likes to take the bull by its horns. Hence, one can expect them to come hard at India, especially at the big fish Virat Kohli. The hosts can try out to sledge the Indian skipper to break his focus. Earlier on the previous tour, Mitchell Johnson had tried to get under the skin of Virat Kohli, however, it had backfired.

Here are the three players who could try to sledge Virat Kohli.

Mitchell Starc

Starc is going to hold the key in the coming series. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

It is going to be an interesting battle between Australia’s best bowler, Mitchell Starc and India’s best batsman, Virat Kohli. In fact, there is no denying the fact that whosoever will win this battle within a battle, is going to increase its team’s chances of the win.

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Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and Mitchell Starc have shared the dressing room for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL. They were seen sharing a laugh after the conclusion of the third and final T20I. However, it would be a different ball game altogether in the Test series. Thus, Starc might look to distract Kohli’s focus by exchanging a few words with him.

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo credit – GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

The first Test match will take place from December 6 at Adelaide. However, Pat Cummins had started to play the mind games well before the tour had started. Kohli had scored four centuries on the previous Down Under tour. Though, Cummins had said that he doesn’t see Virat Kohli scoring even one hundred in the forthcoming tour.

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Cummins statements had drawn a lot of eyeballs and he was also surprised by the fire it got. Therefore, Cummins who is known to extract great speed might look to breathe down the neck of the Indian skipper.

Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Nathan Lyon had walked the talk in the Ashes series. Lyon had issued a warning to the England batsmen and was able to back up his words with his actions.

Lyon is once again going to hold the key as he is going to crucial to Australia’s chances. Virat Kohli is a fine player of spin bowling and it would be a challenge for Lyon to trouble the Indian skipper. Therefore, Lyon might take help of few words to unsettle the Indian captain.