Daryll Cullinan
Several records are in store for Indian players and the side to break in the Test series against SA.

South Africa and India will be squaring off in a three-match Test series, starting December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Team India hasn’t won a Test series in South Africa, despite touring the nation in seven Test series. India have been good tourists of late, sealing Test series wins twice in Australia and leading the series in England earlier this year with the fifth match still left. The Virat Kohli-led Indian team will be backed to get the desired result under Rahul Dravid’s managerial stint. This series is part of the ICC World Test Championship.

Several records are in store for Indian players and the side to break in the Test series against SA. On the same note, we present the records that are in store.

Shami set to complete 200 Test scalps

Shami is five wickets away from getting to 200 Test scalps.

Senior Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has been terrific, claiming 195 wickets at an average of 27.56 from 56 Test matches. Shami is five wickets away from getting to 200 Test scalps. He will become just the 11th Indian bowler to claim this feat after Anil Kumble, R Ashwin, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Bishen Singh Bedi, B Chandrasekhar, Javagal Srinath, and Ravindra Jadeja.

100 Test scalps for Bumrah away from home

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has mostly played away from home for the Indian cricket team.

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has mostly played away from home for the Indian cricket team. Bumrah has played 21 Tests away from home, claiming 97 scalps at 21.45. He needs three more wickets to get to 100 away from home. At home, Bumrah has four scalps across two Tests at 32.25.

Ashwin can script these records

Senior Indian spinner R Ashwin has had a fantastic 2021, being the only bowler to have taken 50-plus wickets (52).

Senior Indian spinner R Ashwin has had a fantastic 2021, being the only bowler to have taken 50-plus wickets (52). Ashwin has also taken 427 Test wickets at an average of 24.12. He needs eight wickets to surpass Kapil Dev (434) and be India’s second-most successful bowler after Anil Kumble. He can also surpass Rangana Herath’s tally of 433 Test scalps and become the second-most successful bowler in Tests after Muttiah Muralitharan.

Ishant set to steer past Zak

Interestingly, he is tied with Zaheer Khan in terms of Test scalps. Zak claimed 311 wickets in 92 matches at 32.94.

Ishant Sharma has been a long servant of the Indian Test side. In 105 tests, Ishant has scalped 311 scalps at 32.40. Interestingly, he is tied with Zaheer Khan in terms of Test scalps. Zak claimed 311 wickets in 92 matches at 32.94. Ishant can become the second-highest wicket-taker for India in terms of pacers after Kapil Dev (434).

8,000 Test runs for Virat Kohli

Kohli can get to 8,000 Test runs in the upcoming series against SA.

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 Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag.

5,000 Test runs for Rahane

He needs 205 runs more to script a total of 5,000 in Tests.

Ajinkya Rahane has lost his Test vice-captaincy, with KL Rahul being named the same in the absence of Rohit Sharma. However, given Rahane’s exploits away from home, he could be in the starting XI. Rahane has amassed 4,795 runs at 39.30. He needs 205 runs more to script a total of 5,000 in Tests. He will become only the 13th Indian batter to achieve the tally with this mark.

Rare feat for Ashwin

If Ash gets going, he will look to surpass the 3,000-run mark in Tests.

Ashwin is no mug with the bat, and his all-round exploits can be handy for India. Ash has shown a lot of resolve with the bat of late, scoring useful runs. He has scored 2,755 runs in Tests at 27.55. If Ash gets going, he will look to surpass the 3,000-run mark in Tests. With this tally, he will become only the second Indian all-rounder with 400-plus wickets and 3,000-plus runs after Kapil Dev (434 wickets and 5,248 runs).

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