England and India are set to battle it out in afive-match Test series starting August 4. Team India, who reached the ICC World Test Championship final (2019-21), will kick start its new chapter in the 2021-23 cycle. This is a massive series for India, who do not boast of a sound record on English soil. Notably, they were handed massive defeats in their previous two Test tours here in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
Under skipper Virat Kohli, India have a tough job on offer and the idea will be to step up and deliver the goods against Joe Root-led England. The five-match Test series will also see several top players of the sport face each other as several major records can be set. On the same note, we present the key records that players from both nations can script.
James Anderson set to reach new heights
England’s veteran pacer James Anderson has claimed 617 Test scalps at a sound average of 26.27. Interestingly, Anderson is the most successful pacer in Test cricket. He is also the only pacer with more than 600-plus wickets in the format. Currently, the likes of spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble hold the record for most Test wickets in the game. In the Test series against India, Anderson can get past former India legend Kumble, who claimed 619 Test scalps. With this, Anderson can become the third-highest wicket-taker in the longest format.
Also, Anderson is one of the six bowlers in international cricket to have claimed 900-plus wickets. He has 904 wickets across formats at 27.51. Against India, he can get past former Pakistan hero Wasim Akram, who has 914 international wickets under his belt. This will see Anderson become the fifth-highest wicket-taker in international cricket. Anderson has also clinched 387 Test scalps on home soil and can get past 400 in the five-match Test series.
Anderson has played 162 Test matches for the Three Lions (highest). He is set to get past former stars Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis in terms of Test appearances (164 and 166).
Kohli and Root can claim these feats in Test cricket
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has gone on to score 7,547 Test runs at a phenomenal average of 52.04. The 32-year-old needs 453 runs in the upcoming series to reach a milestone of 8,000 in Tests. He can become only the sixth Indian cricketer to achieve this mark. By getting there, Kohli can surpass the likes of Gordan Greenidge (7,558), Ross Taylor (7,564), Justin Langer (7,696), and Ian Bell (7,727) in terms of career Test runs. Kohli has amassed 727 Test runs against England in England and needs 273 more to breach the 1,000-run mark.
If Kohli hits a century, he will equal the likes of former cricketers Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke, who hit 28 tons each. The Indian batting ace has mustered 1,742 runs against England in Tests and needs 258 more to reach the milestone of 2,000 Test runs. He can become only the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar to achieve this tally. He can also surpass Rahul Dravid (1,950) in terms of runs against England.
England captain Joe Root has been a supreme player in Tests, amassing 8,714 runs at an average of 48.68. Root needs 286 runs more to breach the 9,000-run mark in Test cricket. The senior batter will become just the 16th player to get to this milestone. He is set to become only the second Englishman after Alastair Cook to achieve this record as well. On his way to 9,000 Test runs, Root can go past several players, including the likes of AB de Villiers (8,765), VVS Laxman (8,781), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,830), Javed Miandad (8,832), and Graham Gooch (8,900).
Meanwhile, Root has registered 1,789 runs against Team India in Tests. He can get to 2,000 Test runs against India and become just the second Englishman to do so after Cook. Root has amassed 837 runs at 59.78 in England. He will aim to get past 1,000 runs at home against India. Root has smashed 20 Test tons and one more will see him equal David Boon and Gary Kirsten (21 each).
Ashwin and Ishant have these records on offer
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has bagged 306 Test scalps in his career at 32.18. Notably, Ishant needs just six wickets more to get past Zaheer Khan’s tally of 311 Test scalps for Team India in the format. With this, Ishant will become the fifth-highest wicket-taker for the Indian cricket team in Tests. Ishant has taken 62 wickets against England and needs 13 more to become just the fifth Indian with 75-plus wickets.
On the other hand, premier spinner R Ashwin has bagged 413 Test scalps at an average of 24.56. Ashwin is on the line to overtake Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 Test wickets for India. With this feat, Ashwin will become India’s third-highest wicket-taker after Kumble and Kapil Dev. Ash can also get past Wasim Akram (414) and Shaun Pollock (421) in terms of Test wickets.
The right-arm spinner has taken 88 wickets against England in Tests (home and away). He needs 12 wickets in the series to get to 100. By doing so, Ashwin will become the first Indian to claim 100 Test wickets against England. On the way, he can surpass Kumble (92) and BS Chandrasekhar (95) in terms of wickets for India against England.
Other Test records on offer
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has mustered 4,647 runs in Tests at 41.12. He needs 353 runs to get to 5,000 runs in the format. By doing so, Rahane can become only the 13th Indian to achieve the mark. He can also surpass MS Dhoni’s runs tally (4,876). Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who has 2,679 Test runs, can get to the 3,000-run mark. He needs 321 more to achieve this mark.
Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has 184 Test scalps at 27.57. He needs 16 more to reach the milestone of 200 Test scalps. He will become the 11th Indian bowler to do so. Fellow fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah needs 17 wickets to reach the 100-wicket mark in Tests. He has 83 under his belt.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has amassed 4,631 runs in Tests at 37.04. He is 369 shy of reaching the milestone of 5,000 Test runs.