Virat Kohli’s toss record in 2018 is worse than India’s overseas Test record
The Indian team won the toss in the 1st Test against Australia at Adelaide.
Updated - Dec 7, 2018 10:25 am
If you thought that India’s records in overseas Test series are the worst possible thing to have happened for them in 2018, wait a minute before drawing a conclusion. There is another record which is even worse than India’s 2-6 record abroad and it is the number of times Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss in the away Test series which is an appalling 2-7. Kohli won the toss in the first Test match against Australia that started in Adelaide and elected to bat. The last time he won a toss in an away game was in Johannesburg in January.
This complete contrast in Kohli’s toss luck compared to his batting performance this year did not evade the eyes of the statisticians. India had to toil hard on the opening day of the Adelaide Test after electing to bat as Cheteshwar Pujara’s century saved them from the embarrassment of getting bowled out on the first day itself. Pujara scored 123 to give India’s total some form of respectability after they were left reeling at 41 for 4 and the visitors ended the day at 250 for 9 with Pujara falling at the fag end of the day to a run out by Pat Cummins.
India won the only other time Kohli won a Test match toss overseas this year
The team and the supporters, however, can take solace from the fact that India won the match in Johannesburg in South Africa by 63 runs after Kohli won the toss and made the series 1-2. The Indian skipper lost the toss in all the five Test matches in England this summer though India won one game in Nottingham in which again, they batted first. India were thrashed 1-4 in the five-match series, however.
India have come into the current series against Australia with the hope of winning their maiden Test series Down Under as the hosts lack some key players in their ranks. However, to make that aspiration a reality, India will need to raise their game by quite a few notches compared to what it was on Day 1 at the Adelaide Oval.