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Virat Kohli smashed two fine centuries in (Credits - Getty)

After a lot of debates, finally, the fourth Test at Southampton between England and India gets underway. Right with the toss, the game has already started to trend on micro-blogging website Twitter. With Virat Kohli announcing the unchanged XI, fans showed their funnier side to the Twitter world.

Kohli played for 38 games to stay with the same XI in the consecutive Test matches. Interestingly, it is the first time under Kohli’s captaincy in the Tests to play with the same players in the two games on a trot.

England won the toss and elected to bat first:

Earlier in the day, England won the toss and asked the visitors to roll their arms first. After a prolonged gap, Kohli-led India announced the same playing XI that played at Trent Bridge.

Despite the fact that Ravichandran Ashwin was having fitness issues, he successfully managed to pass it with flying colours on match day.

England vs India, Virat Kohli
Joe Root of England tosses the coin. Photo Credit: Getty Images,

Meanwhile, England left out Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes. The all-rounder suffered a thigh strain while the Man of the Match in the first game, Sam Curran replaced him.

Meanwhile, Pope has been replaced by Moeen Ali, who scored the double century in the last domestic game for Worcestershire.

Speaking on the unchanged XI, Virat Kohli stated: ”I thought he was going to say the four-letter word starting with ‘b’ again. Would have batted first as well. Good grass covering, nice and even, probably the best pitch of the series. The good thing about it is that it’s hard so you can get something out of it with the new ball. We have an unchanged XI. First time in a long time. Rightly so as well. Don’t think we need to change looking at the conditions. We have all bases covered.”

As per the stats, Kohli is first India to take the gap of 38 Tests to go with the same XI in the consecutive games.

All over, Team India skipper Virat Kohli is in second place while Graeme Smith holds the top position who kept on changing the team for 44 games.

However, it would be interesting to see how Indians would come up against Englishmen on a batting wicket. The lively grass on the middle could probably help the fast bowlers for the first hour of play.

Here are the few funny tweets:





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