With Ajinkya Rahane having led India to glory in the Test series Down Under, Virat Kohli will be back at the helm of affairs when India face England in a four-match Test series at home. While India defeated Australia 2-1 in Australia, against all odds and injury issues, England too come in having slammed Sri Lanka 2-0 in Sri Lanka. In the euphoria of the series triumph in Australia, there has been some clamour for Kohli to be replaced by Rahane as Test skipper. As such, the Indian captain will be under some pressure going into the Test series. At the same time, he will also have an opportunity to break some records, both as a batsman and as a leader. Here’s a lowdown.
1. Can Kohli go past Langer on the list of leading Test run-getters?
After 87 Tests, Kohli has 7318 runs to his name at an average of 53.41. If he gets 379 runs in the England Test, the Indian captain will move past Justin Langer on the list of batsmen with most runs in Test cricket. The Aussie head coach scored 7696 runs in 105 Tests at an average of 45.3, with 23 hundreds, 30 fifties and a best of 250. In case he manages to move past Langer, he will also push many other renowned names in the list. Currently, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, with 7379 runs, is above him on the list of leading Test run-getters. The others Kohli can go past include David Boon (7422 runs) and Desmond Haynes (7487 runs) among others. Kohli is also closing in on Steve Smith, who has 7540 runs to his name.
2. Kohli needs 381 runs to surpass Rahul Dravid
If the Indian captain is successful in scoring 381 runs in the Tests against England, he will move past Rahul Dravid among batsmen with most runs in India vs. England Tests. Kohli, so far, has 1570 runs in 19 Tests against England, while averaging 49.06. Dravid, on the other hand, managed 1950 runs in 21 Tests at an average of 60.93. India legend Sachin Tendulkar, with 2535 runs, holds the record for having scored the most number of runs in India vs. England Test matches. Tendulkar got his runs in 32 Tests at an average of 51.73 with seven hundreds.
3. Can Kohli overtake the Don?
This is one big record coming up for Kohli. He currently has 27 Test hundreds to his name. If he manages two hundreds, he will equal Sir Don Bradman (29) on the list of batsmen with most Test hundreds. With three, he can even surpass the Aussie legend. Apart from Kohli, his contemporary Steve Smith, Allan Border and Graeme Smith also have 27 Test hundreds to their name. Michael Clarke and Hashim Amla, with 28 Test tons each, are immediately above Kohli in the list, which is led by Tendulkar (51).
4. Kohli looks set to go past Lara
With 73 runs in the upcoming series, Kohli will overtake Lara on the list of batsmen with most international runs. While Kohli has amassed 22286 runs in 423 international games across all formats, Lara notched up 22358 runs in 430 games. Kohli is currently eighth on the list of batsmen with most international runs. Apart from Lara, the players above Kohli are Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid.
5. Kohli set to become captain with most international hundreds
Kohli needs only one ton to overtake Ricky Ponting among captains with most international centuries. Both Ponting and Kohli have 41 international centuries each as captain in 324 and 188 international matches respectively.
6. Kohli on verge of overtaking Lloyd
The Indian captain only needs to score 14 runs to surpass former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd among captains with most Test runs. Kohli has 5220 runs from 56 Tests as Indian captain. Lloyd notched up 5233 runs in 74 Tests as West Indies skipper.
7. How Kohli can equal Dhoni
If he manages to captain India in all four Tests, Kohli will equal MS Dhoni’s record of leading India in most Tests – 60. Dhoni won 27 of his 60 Tests while Kohli has registered triumphs in 33 out of 56 matches.