India’s South Africa tour will be underway on December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. India are yet to win a Test series in South Africa, failing in seven attempts. However, after sealing wins twice in Australia and leading the series in England, this Indian side cannot be ruled out in terms of coming out on top.
The focus will be on 33-year-old Indian skipper Virat Kohli in terms of leading the side from the front. Kohli hasn’t quite been in the best of touches in Test cricket. His last century came against Bangladesh in November 2019. This series against SA will be immense for Kohli as he chases some outstanding records. On the same note, we analyze seven major milestones Kohli can achieve in the three-Test series against the Proteas.
Kohli can surpass Sehwag and Dravid
In 12 Test matches versus South Africa, the Indian captain has amassed 1,075 runs at an average of 59.72. He has three tons and three fifties. Notably, Kohli can get past former Indian stalwarts Rahul Dravid (1,252) and Virender Sehwag (1,306) in terms of Test runs versus South Africa. He can also move past AB de Villiers’ tally for runs in Tests between the two sides. As a result, Kohli can become the fourth-highest run-scorer in SA-India Tests and second-highest for India after Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli can get past 1,000 runs in SA
In five Test matches on South African soil, Kohli has scored an impressive 558 runs at 55.80. He has two centuries and two fifties in South Africa. Kohli needs 442 runs across six innings to become only the second Indian after Tendulkar to score 1,000 runs in Proteas soil. He will also become the second batter after Tendulkar to score 1,000-plus runs between the two nations in SA.
4,000 Test runs away from home
Kohli has scored 3,978 runs away from home in Test cricket at an average of 43.23. He needs 22 runs more to script 4,000 Test runs away from home. He will become just the sixth Indian batter to reach the milestone after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.
3,000 away runs as Test captain
As a Test captain, Kohli has amassed 2,739 runs in 34 Tests away from home at an average of 47.22. He can become the first Indian captain to score 3,000 Test runs away from home. Notably, just four skippers in Test cricket have achieved this milestone. They are Graeme Smith (4,854), Clive Lloyd (3,526), Stephen Fleming (3,314), and Allan Border (3,175).
6,000 overall runs as captain
Kohli will also be hoping to get past 6,000 Test runs as captain in Test cricket. So far, the star batter has racked up 5,703 runs as a skipper in Tests. He can emulate the likes of Graeme Smith (8,659), Allan Border (6,623), and Ricky Ponting (6,542) as captains to have scored 6,000-plus Test runs.
8,000 Test runs
Kohli can get to 8,000 Test runs in the upcoming series against SA. So far, the prolific Kohli has amassed 7,801 runs in Test cricket at an average of 50.65. He can become the 32nd batter in Tests to achieve this mark. He can also become just the sixth Indian to achieve this mark after Tendulkar, Dravid, Gavaskar, Laxman, and Sehwag.
100 Test matches
Kohli has so far appeared in 97 Test matches to date. By the end of the SA series, he will have 100 Test matches for India. He will become the 71st player in Tests to amass this record of 100 matches in Tests. He will also become the 13th Indian to achieve this mark after Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sourav Ganguly, Ishant Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Mohammad Azharuddin.