Virat Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree for some time now and there could be a few more milestones on the horizon for the India skipper when his men take on England in the fourth Test at Southampton starting on Thursday.
Kohli’s 23rd Test ton helped India fight their way back into the five-match series with a 203-run win at Trent Bridge as he once again leapfrogged Steve Smith to claim the top ICC ranking for Test batsmen.
The win at Trent Bridge catapulted Kohli above MS Dhoni as the second most successful Indian Test skipper and the fourth overall with 22 victories from 38 matches.
The 29-year-old has made amends for his disastrous tour of England in 2014 by registering 440 runs so far in the three matches at an average of 73.33.
With two Tests still remaining, there are quite a few records Kohli could yet break in the English summer. Here, we take a look at those records.
SECOND FASTEST INDIAN TO 6,000 TEST RUNS
Kohli’s superb 103 in the second innings at Trent Bridge means he is now just six runs shy of the 6,000 run-mark in Test cricket.
Should Kohli notch up the remaining six runs in the first innings at Southampton, he will leapfrog Sachin Tendulkar to become the second fastest Indian batsman to the milestone.
Tendulkar’s 6,000th Test run came in his 120th innings while Kohli has played 118 innings so far in the format. Sunil Gavaskar holds the record for the fastest Indian batsman to do so with the legendary opener attaining the feat in only 117 Test innings.
18,000 INTERNATIONAL RUNS
In 342 matches, the Indian skipper currently has 17, 875 runs under his belt combined in all three formats of international cricket. Should he be able to collect another 125 runs in the Southampton Test, Kohli will become the 15th batsman in history and the fourth Indian to register 18, 000 international runs.
MOST RUNS BY AN INDIAN BATSMAN IN A TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND
With 440 runs to his name in six innings so far, Kohli has another record set by Rahul Dravid in his sights.
In India’s tour of England in 2002, Dravid aggregated a total of 602 runs in the four Tests at an average of 123.80. That remains the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a Test series in England.
Should Kohli score 163 runs or more in the remaining two Tests, he will become the Indian batsman to hold that accolade.
MOST RUNS BY AN INDIAN IN AN OVERSEAS TEST SERIES
This record too remains on Kohli’s horizon but it will take some doing by the Indian batsman to break it. Sunil Gavaskar’s debut international series was one to remember with the Indian opener amassing 774 runs in eight innings away to the mighty West Indies in 1970-71.
Scoring four centuries including a double ton in the series in the Caribbean, Gavaskar announced himself to the cricketing world in some style.
His contributions led India to their maiden Test series win in the West Indies and remain the highest tally by an Indian batsman in an overseas series.
Kohli will need to surpass his own personal best of 692 runs in eight innings in the Border-Gavaskar series during India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.
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3:00pm – India look to banish 2014 Southampton memories
Losing will not be an option for India when they take on England in the fourth Test at Southampton which gets underway on Thursday. Trailing 1-2 in the five-match series, India will be hoping to repeat their Trent Bridge showing at the Rose Bowl.
However, their past record at the ground is not that great with the side suffering a huge loss at the venue during their 2014 tour.
Read more about India’s dreadful past at Southampton here.
01:00pm – Virat Kohli a more dangerous batsman than Sachin Tendulkar
Popular television commentator and former England Test cricketer David Lloyd believes that India skipper Virat Kohli is a more ‘damaging’ batsman than Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli is currently topping the run-scoring charts by some distance in the five-match Test series between England and India with 440 runs from six innings.
Read what David Lloyd had to say about Kohli and Tendulkar here.
11:00am- Nick Compton credits Duncan Fletcher for India’s improved pace attack
Former England international Nick Compton believes the credit for India’s current pace attack displays should go to former coach Duncan Fletcher. India’s pacers have been on fire of late and claimed 19 of the 20 England wickets to fall in the third Test at Trent Bridge which the visitors won by 203 runs.
Read what Compton had to say about Fletcher’s contributions here.
The visitors have clawed their way back in the five-series after a thumping 203-win at Trent Bridge following losses at Edgbaston and Lord’s.
With the series poised finely heading into the fourth Test, the stakes will be high for both teams when they take the field at Southampton.
Here, we take a look at the two previous Tests to be held at the ground.
ENGLAND V SRI LANKA, JUNE 2011
The Rose Bowl played host to the third Test between England and Sri Lanka during the latter’s tour of 2011. England skipper Andrew Strauss put Sri Lanka in to bat after winning the toss and saw the visitors fold for just 184 in their first innings with pacer Chris Tremlett picking up 6-48.
Led by an unbeaten ton from Ian Bell and an 85 from Kevin Pietersen, the hosts declared their first innings at 377-8 leaving Sri Lanka with plenty of work to do in their second innings.
In a rain-effected match, the visitors responded in earnest as Kumar Sangakkara registered his maiden ton on English soil. The Sri Lankan great put together a 75-run stand with night watchman Rangana Herath for the fourth wicket to frustrate England before putting together a 141-run stand with Thilan Samaraweera to effectively end the contest and earn a hard-fought draw for the subcontinent side. The visitors ultimately ended their second innings at 334-5 with Samaraweera remaining unbeaten on 85.
ENGLAND V INDIA, JULY 2014
Result: England won by 266 runs
Such was India’s great fortune at the start of their tour in 2014 that they arrived in Southampton for the third Test with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Unfortunately for the visitors, the Rose Bowl would start a run of three-consecutive crushing losses. England skipper Alastair Cook had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss and his decision was vindicated with the hosts going on to post a mammoth 569-7 before declaring their first innings.
While Cook (95) himself shone with the bat, it was Gary Ballance (156) and Ian Bell (167) who took the winds out of India’s sail. In reply, none of the Indian batsmen would progress beyond 54 as James Anderson’s five-wicket haul (5-53) saw the visitors hit just 330 in their first innings.
England chose not to enforce the follow-on and a quick-fire 205-4 in just 40-odd overs in their second innings meant that India were set a daunting chase of 442.
Ajinkya Rahane (52 not out) registered his second fifty in the match but it was not enough to save India’s blushes as they were bundled out for just 178 in their final innings. It was Moeen Ali who did the primary damage in the second innings with the England off-spinner claiming 6-67 to lead the hosts to a commanding victory.