India and Sri Lanka are set to square off in a two-Test series, starting March 4 in Mohali. The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle. Sri Lanka are placed top of the ICC WTC standings, having won their lone Test series 2-0. They have a 100% PCT. Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is placed fifth in the standings. They have played three-Test series so far and have a PCT of 49.07.
The series is an important one for both sides, given the impetus of the WTC table. India will be aiming to extend the authority at home in Tests, and domination is something they would want here.
Over the course of the series, there are several records that can be achieved by individual players and teams.
On the same note, we produced the major records that can be achieved in the series.
Kohli to play his 100th career Test match
Kohli is in line to be just the 12th Indian player to feature in 100 Test matches. He is set to steer clear of former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, who finished on 99 Tests. Kohli will be joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (200), Rahul Dravid (163), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113), Ishant Sharma (105), Harbhajan Singh (103), and Virender Sehwag (103).
8,000 runs for Virat Kohli
Kohli is the sixth-highest run-scorer for Team India in Tests after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Rahul Dravid (13,265), Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), VVS Laxman (8,781), and Virender Sehwag (8,503). He has amassed 7,962 runs at an average of 50.39. He has smashed 27 tons and 28 fifties. He needs 38 runs to become the sixth Indian to score 8,000-plus runs in the longest format.
Meanwhile, Kohli can also get past the likes of Mark Waugh (8,029) and Gary Sobers (8,032) in terms of career Test runs. Kohli can also surpass Sourav Ganguly (1,064), Mohammad Azharuddin (1,215), and Virender Sehwag (1,239) in terms of Test runs versus Sri Lanka.
Notable numbers Indian batters can achieve
Senior Indian all-rounder R Ashwin has piled up 2,844 runs at 26.83. He needs 156 runs more to reach a milestone of 3,000 Test runs. He will be one of the two Indian players to register 3,000-plus runs and take 400-plus wickets after Kapil Dev.
If Rishabh Pant gets going and gets the desired runs in the middle, he can reach the milestone of 2,000 Test runs. Pant has 1,735 runs at 39.43. He can get past the likes of Yuvraj Singh (1,900) and Wasim Jaffer (1,944) in terms of runs in Test cricket.
Rohit Sharma, who has 3,047 runs, can get past the likes of Chandu Borde (3,061), Navjot Sidhu (3,202), and Vijay Manjrekar (3,268) in terms of Test runs. Mayank Agarwal (1,429 runs) needs 71 more to register a mark of 1,500 runs in Tests.
Ashwin can surpass Kapil
R Ashwin has racked up 430 Test wickets at an impressive average of 24.38. He has 30 five-wicket hauls in the format. Interestingly, Ash needs just five more wickets to move past the legendary Kapil Dev, who took 434 wickets for India at 29.64. Ash can be the second-highest wicket-taker for India after Anil Kumble (619).
Other major records Indian players can script
Kohli has 27 centuries and can equal the likes of Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke (28 each). If Kohli bags two centuries, he can equal the legendary Sir Don Bradman as well (29). Kohli has 199 runs in Mohali and is 301 runs away to reach the 500-run mark. He has four innings to achieve this feat and become just the fifth Indian player to do so. He can also surpass Ganguly (372) and Laxman (359) along the way for most runs in Mohali.
Ravindra Jadeja has claimed 232 Test scalps at 24.84. The left-arm spinner can surpass Javagal Srinath (236) and B Chandrasekhar (242) in terms of Test scalps for India.
Here are the key team stats
The two sides have met on 44 occasions in Tests. India have sealed 20 wins. The Lankans have won 17 matches, besides three Tests ending in a draw. India are unbeaten in eight Tests versus Sri Lanka, winning six and drawing two.