For the fifth time in a row, Kohli lost the toss in the series, making him the third Indian captain to lose all the tosses in a five-match series after Lala Amarnath and Kapil Dev.
For the fifth time in a row, Kohli lost the toss in the series, making him the third Indian captain to lose all the tosses in a five-match series after Lala Amarnath and Kapil Dev.

Virat Kohli the batsman exorcised the demons of the 2014 season in which he scored just 134 runs in 10 Test innings, with a mammoth total of 544 in the eight innings so far in the ongoing India vs England Test series. Fair to say, the skipper has been in top form with the bat.

However, same cannot be said about the Virat Kohli the skipper. For the fifth time in a row, Kohli lost the toss in the series, making him the third Indian captain to lose all the tosses in a five-match series after Lala Amarnath and Kapil Dev.

On the other hand, England skipper Joe Root became only the third skipper to win all five tosses against India after John Goddard and Clive Lloyd. Root’s achievement is also is the first  time in 20 years that a captain has managed to call it right at the toss every time in a five match series.

Australia’s Mark Taylor in 1998-99 season against England had managed to win all five tosses of a five-match series earlier.

While the visiting team captain’s losing the toss having any kind of bearing on the outcome of a match or even a series is still out for the jury to to decide, talks of scrapping the toss in favour of handing the visiting team the choice surely gets a boost with this latest instance.

England have already sealed the series in the favour with wins at Birmingham and Lord’s and then at Southampton.