However, he lasted only 14 balls, hitting leg-spinner Adam Zampa for a six before offering a return catch to the bowler on the very next delivery to be out for 16.
Kohli is the world's number one batsman in the 50-over format but 16 is in fact his highest score from fourth in the order as part of a awful seven-innings streak that dates back to January 2015.
"'We've had this discussion many times in the past as well", Kohli said about Rahul's batting position.
"It's about giving some guys opportunities", he said after the match.
"It's very easy to just go with one template and just follow it non-stop". I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I'm allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times.
India made some changes in their batting combination with Kohli pushing himself down the order to accommodate specialist openers Dhawan (74 off 91) and KL Rahul (47 off 61) in the playing XI. "Today was one of the days it didn't come off", he added.
The opening partnership of 258 was the highest by any team against India.
"They played really well".
Ben Stokes has been named the International Cricket Council player of the year, capping an unforgettable 2019 for the swashbuckling England all-rounder that included a match-winning knock at the World Cup.
"I feel it is the captain's choice where he wants to play and he has done fantastic at No. 3, maybe I feel, he will think about it to go at number three again", he added.
The loss of wickets after Dhawan and Rahul's partnership as well as the wickets that fell after Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant aimed to rebuild the innings stifled momentum at crucial times in the innings and will be something India look to avoid again this series. He also scored 821 runs and took 22 wickets in 11 Tests. "It is the captain's choice [where he bats]".