Team India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first in the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will look to maintain his perfect record as captain after winning the toss for the series-opener. The Indian skipper has never lost a Test match after winning the toss.
As a captain of team India, Kohli has won the coin toss in 26 Test matches and has never lost any of the games. He has 22 wins and 4 Draws in 26 Test matches where he has won the toss as captain. He will be aiming to keep the record undamaged against Australia in Adelaide.
Virat Kohli After Winning The Toss in Tests:
- Total Toss wins – 26
- Matches won- 22
- Drawn- 4
- Lost- 0
India is playing their first Day/Night Pink ball Test away from home and second overall. They played their first pink-ball test against Bangladesh, which Kohli & Co won easily. Now playing pink-ball Test and that too a day-night fixture will be a challenge for the visitors.
The hosts, on the other hand, are favourites against the Men in Blue in Adelaide having never lost a pink-ball Test so far in their history.
Virat Kohli, explaining the reason behind opting to bat first after winning the toss said that they want to rack up a big score on the board so that the visitors can get a chance to put pressure on the hosts.
“Going to have a bat. Looks a nice wicket, nice and hard. Runs on the board are priceless, more so away from home. Hope we can put pressure on them. We’ve prepared really well. A couple of tour games as well. We had everything clear on our end, that’s why we announced our team yesterday,” he said.
Shaw, who was trusted to open the batting the visitors ahead of the likes of KL Rahul and Shubman Gill, continued his poor run with the willow. Shaw, facing just the second delivery was cleaned up by a good length delivery by Mitchell Starc, which angled away as the batsman dragged into his middle stump. Prithvi Shaw tried to drive the ball while his bat was away from his pads, got a thick edge that crashed into the stumps.
However, India was off to a disastrous start in Adelaide after winning the toss and opting to bat first as Mitchell Starc sent Prithvi Shaw packing on a duck in the first over of the Pink ball Test on Thursday.
Shaw, facing just the second delivery was cleaned up by a good length delivery by Mitchell Starc, which angled away as the batsman dragged into his middle stump. Prithvi Shaw tried to drive the ball while his bat was away from his pads, got a thick edge that crashed into the stumps.