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Virat Kohli and two other Indian captains who lost all tosses in a 5-match Test series

  • Virat Kohli is part of a dubious list in Test cricket, along with two other unfortunate Indian captains.
Aakash Arya
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Modified 21 Oct 2019, 11:44 IST

#2 Kapil Dev

India Captain Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 Cricket World Cup
India Captain Kapil Dev holds aloft the 1983 Cricket World Cup

On the tour of West Indies in 1982-83, Indian captain Kapil Dev lost all the five tosses to Clive Lloyd. India ended up losing the series 2-0.

Clive Lloyd made India bat first on four of the five occasions. The first match was played at Sabina Park at Kingston, Jamaica from 23rd February, which India lost by four wickets. The second match saw Mohinder Amarnath come into his own and score 175 runs in the two innings combined, 58 and 117, against the likes of Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts. India went on to draw that match.

In the third Test at Bourda, Georgetown, played from 31st March, India rode on the magnificence of Sunil Gavaskar’s 147 to draw the match. However, despite a half-century in each innings from Mohinder Amarnath, Indian lost the 4th Test comfortably by four wickets at the Kensington Oval.

The fifth and final Test at Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John’s, played from 28th April, ended in a draw - resulting in a 2-0 series win for the home team. 

Another interesting fact related to these two captains is that Kapil went on to lose all the three tosses to Lloyd in the 1983 Prudential World Cup. India, however, beat the West Indies by 43 runs in the final to win the title for the very first time.

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Published 18 Oct 2019, 18:13 IST
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