A theory is, of course, only as good as its execution and if Australia do adopt this tactic to the India captain it may be a question of the bowlers holding their collective nerve, particularly if he starts scoring freely.
The India-Australia Test starting Thursday is not a day-night Test and will be played with the red Kookaburra ball. If the home side's bowling attack can limit his influence, as was the case in last year's Test series in India, it will go a long way to recording a series victory. He also picked up the wicket of centurion Harry Nielsen with his medium pace.
"Barring the one at Lord's (where India lost by an innings and 159 runs) most of the matches that we have lost they actually have got themselves in a winning position and squandered it".
"There is no doubt it's a big hole to fill with Smith and Warner missing but there is no doubt that we still have the quality to be able to fill those runs that we need to win".
Kohli's wicket also falls more often to deliveries that deviate more due to seam rather than swing.
Langer told cricket.com.au: "I reckon he'll be treated like (uncapped opener) Marcus Harris - come in for the first time in the change-rooms, meet all the boys and like always when you come into that inner sanctum of the Baggy Green, it's like joining the brotherhood".
Meanwhile, India is yet to win a Test series in their previous 11 tours to this country.
But it is the five-day format that Kohli and India are looking to conquer, with India never having won a series in Australia in more than 70 years of trying.
"In terms of skill, in terms of experience, in terms of how we are playing, our mindset, we definitely feel we have the ability to win a series here", said Kohli.
Kohli is confident that now is the time to buck that trend. "If we can get on top of them early hopefully that filters through the rest of the Test", he said.
The follow-on was enforced with India in real danger of going 2-0 down in the series before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) knuckled down in a memorable and gritty 376-run stand for the fifth wicket as India made 657 for 7 before declaring. He's a young boy who has come to play in Australia for the first time, had a dream start to his Test career, so it's hit him pretty hard. "We know he's a good player, I've seen it first-hand at Bengaluru".
The cricket-mad youngster has a long-term heart condition, and has undergone 13 surgeries so far, the first of them an open-heart procedure when he was just three months old.
"They're one of the best bowling units in the world".