'Match referee sent the toss coin to lab' - Twitter reacts after Virat Kohli finally wins the toss in England

‘Match referee sent the toss coin to lab’ – Twitter reacts after Virat Kohli finally wins the toss in England

Kohli won his first toss in England in nine Tests.

Joe Root and Virat Kohli
Joe Root and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Gareth Copley – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

India skipper Virat Kohli and his tryst with the toss is not so great. The man has lost the toss more often in all the international matches he has led India. His luck with the flip of the coin is even worse when it comes to playing Tests in England. However, on Wednesday (August 25), he finally won the toss at Headingley, where the third Test of the five-match series has commenced, and opted to bat first.

The 32-year-old himself was surprised to have won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Interestingly, this was the first time in nine Tests in England that he managed to win the toss which shows how unlucky he was before. Rather this is only the 28th time in 64 Tests that Virat Kohli has won the toss. But the thing is going his way has been the winning rate of the team which makes the toss result irrelevant.

When it comes to ODIs, Kohli has lost the toss on 55 occasions out of 95 and in T20Is, the record is a little better where he won 18 coin tosses in 45 matches.

India play an unchanged XI

As for the Headingley Test, India have fielded an unchanged XI from the Lord’s Test resisting the temptation to include their off-spinner Ravi Ashwin on a brownish kind of a surface. The pitch is likely to offer more to the spinners as the game goes forward and Virat Kohli was also confident that Ravindra Jadeja will come into the game more with the ball. Moreover, only for the fourth time in 64 Tests, Kohli has fielded an unchanged XI.

“It’s a surprise (winning the toss). We’re batting first. Looks firm and without grass and runs on the board will set this up. We’re going in with the same XI. We thought about getting Ashwin in, and the pressure of the extra seamer in these conditions is crucial. Jadeja will bowl a lot more overs because the conditions are suited to him. You can lay down markers and a culture, but it’s upto the boys to take it up and win from pressure situations.

“It’s all about handling pressure at the highest level. It’s the toughest place to bat for the openers, and KL and Rohit have done a good job. Hopefully they can continue. About my batting, I’ll try to make an impact for the team with the bat. I believe in my process and sometimes it doesn’t really come off on the field, but I’m more concerned about how much of an impact I have on the team’s performance,” Kohli said at the toss.

Meanwhile, even as he was speaking after the toss, Twitterati had gone crazy knowing that Virat Kohli had finally managed to win the toss.

Here’s how Twitter reacted: