Kohli’s class was evident in the first Test at Edgbaston, where the India captain scored 200 runs across both innings to make England work hard for a thrilling 31-run victory. The rest of his players managed just 236 between them in the match.
At Lord’s, India did get the rough end of conditions in this second Test but their batsmen’s efforts against the swinging ball were still abject.
With Kohli dismissed twice cheaply, including falling to Stuart Broad on a final day when his dodgy back made him appear as mobile as a Dr Who Dalek, India were routed twice as they slumped to a humiliating innings defeat.
This was an absolute hammering and, although England will no doubt be looking to now win this series 5-0, a whitewash might not be the best thing for Joe Root’s men.
India came here as the world’s No1-ranked Test team, with England licking their wounds after a winter where they lost five out of seven Tests and a first series of the summer where they were held 1-1 by Pakistan.
A close series against Kohli’s men would not only prove fantastic entertainment but help England address a few issues that need resolving.
Instead, those issues, starting with a fragile top order and an over-reliance on Broad and James Anderson, have been papered over in the afterglow of victory.
We are no closer to finding a stable top order, with an out-of-form Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings doing little to provide confidence and Root yet to convince at No3. Ollie Pope looked good in his debut innings at four but he did only score 28.
And in Jos Buttler, England have a specialist batsman who has made 25 runs in the first two Tests of this series.
While the bowling attack have fully utilised home conditions, England have not yet found a fast bowler who will help them win in foreign conditions.
Sam Curran, man of the match at Edgbaston, has been a revelation. But the left-armer’s biggest asset is his ability to swing the ball – he is unlikely to be a threat when England go to Sri Lanka and the Caribbean this winter.
The same goes for Chris Woakes, whose brilliant maiden Test hundred at Lord’s was complemented by some fine spells with the ball. Woakes is a brilliant bowler at home but as threatening as a water pistol overseas, where he averages 61.77 with the ball.
This may seem negative but maybe now, with the series almost secured, England have the opportunity to try some other options. Spinner Jack Leach, who made his debut in New Zealand earlier this year, fast bowler Jamie Overton and Surrey opener Rory Burns are three who could feature.
The maxim about not changing a winning team is valid, but if India are unable to properly test England, maybe it is time they started testing themselves.