In a major boost to England, their talisman bowler James Anderson is deemed fit to play against India in the one-off Test.

Senior batter Virat Kohli is set to play his 100th Test when India take on Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series, starting March 4 in Mohali. The former Indian skipper has been a serious match-winner, and he will hope to make things count in what is a milestone Test match. The BCCI has allowed 50% capacity for the Test, and fans will be witnessing a special moment when Kohli takes the field. 

Kohli has suffered a prolonged drought in terms of a Test century. His last ton came against Bangladesh in November 2019. In fact, Kohli hasn’t hit a ton across formats since the effort versus the Tigers at the Eden Gardens.

This is a crunch two-Test series for India, and they will want to get the job done, keeping the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle in mind. In their previous Test series at home, India managed a 1-0 win, but now the ideal scenario would be a 2-0 victory given they lost to South Africa away earlier this year. 

Ahead of a key Test match in Mohali, we look at the crunch numbers of Virat Kohli in Tests.

12th Indian player to feature in 100 Test matches

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).

Kohli is the sixth-highest scorer for India

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. 

Notably, Kohli has registered 3,766 runs on home soil at 62.76. He has 13 tons and 12 fifties. He also has 4,139 runs at 43.11, hammering 14 tons and 16 fifties. On neutral venues, he has piled up 44 runs in a solitary Test match.

Kohli has a sound record versus Sri Lanka

The 33-year-old Kohli has a sound record versus Sri Lanka in Tests. In three Test matches at home, he has 610 runs versus SL at an astounding average of 152.50. Away from home, he has 394 runs at 43.07. Overall, he has scored 1,004 runs versus SL in Tests at 77.23. He is one of the six Indian batters with 1,000-plus runs versus Lanka in Tests.

Kohli’s crunch captaincy stats

Kohli managed India in 68 Test matches which is the highest number for an Indian. He helped India win 40 matches (highest). Under Kohli, India lost 17 Tests and drew 11 times. He finished with a win percentage of 58.80. In the tour of SA, Kohli became the first Indian skipper to notch two-plus Test wins in the nation. 

Notably, Kohli is the fourth-highest scorer in Tests as a captain after Graeme Smith, Allan Border, and Ricky Ponting. The right-handed batter amassed 5,864 runs at 54.80. He also registered the second-highest number of centuries as a captain in Tests (20). Kohli won eight Tests versus SA, which is a joint-best record alongside Ricky Ponting. 

The feats Kohli can achieve in the upcoming series

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 is also nearing the 8,000-run mark for India in Tests. 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 Ganguly (1,064), Azhar (1,215), and Sehwag (1,239) in terms of Test runs versus Sri Lanka. 

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.

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