India's highly anticipated five-Test series against England is set to kick off on January 25th. All eyes will be on the batting sensation, Virat Kohli, as he looks to replicate his impressive ODI performance in the Test format. With numerous milestones within reach, let's dive into the milestones that Kohli can potentially accomplish against England.
1. Closing in on 9,000 Test Runs
Virat Kohli stands just 152 runs away from joining the elite club of Indian batsmen with 9,000 Test runs. Currently, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Rahul Dravid (13,288), and Sunil Gavaskar (10,122) have achieved this remarkable feat. Having played 113 Tests, Kohli boasts an average of 49.15 in the format, with 29 centuries, including seven double hundreds, and 30 half-centuries.
2. Aiming for 2,000 Runs Against England
Kohli is on the verge of becoming the third Indian batsman to score 2,000 runs against England. Joining the ranks of Sunil Gavaskar (2,483) and Sachin Tendulkar (2,535), Kohli currently has 1,991 runs to his name. With an impressive average of 51.73 against the Brits, he aims to surpass the milestones set by Joe Root (2,526) and Alastair Cook (2,431) as the only other batsmen with over 2,000 runs in India-England Tests. Additionally, Kohli already has 2,042 Test runs against Australia, making them the only other side against which he has achieved this milestone.
3. Approaching 1,000 Boundaries in Tests
With 991 boundaries in Tests under his belt, Kohli is inching closer to becoming the sixth Indian batsman to reach 1,000 boundaries in whites. Furthermore, he has the opportunity to achieve another landmark by crossing the 500-Test boundary mark in Asia, requiring only eight more hits. Among active Indian players, only Cheteshwar Pujara (539) has more Test boundaries in Asia than Kohli.
4. Closing in on 4,000 International Runs Against England
Kohli has been a force to be reckoned with against England, amassing 3,970 runs across all international formats. With just 30 runs needed, he has the chance to become the first Indian player to achieve 4,000 international runs against the Three Lions. Among his compatriots, only Sachin Tendulkar (3,990) has more international runs against England. This milestone would also place Kohli in the esteemed company of players who have achieved this feat against England.
5. Surpassing Gavaskar's Home Run Record Against England
Kohli's impressive home record against England stands at 1,015 Test runs. He is currently third on the list, behind Gundappa Viswanath (1,022) and Sunil Gavaskar (1,331). With a mere 317 runs away, Kohli has a golden opportunity to surpass Gavaskar and claim the top spot in terms of Test runs against England at home. With five matches scheduled in this series, this milestone is well within his reach.
6. Challenging the Record for Most Centuries in England by an Indian
Kohli has a fantastic opportunity to challenge the record for the most centuries by an Indian batsman in England. Currently, Mohammad Azharuddin holds the record with five centuries. Kohli has already scored four centuries in England and will be eager to equal or surpass Azharuddin's feat during this series.
7. Aiming for the Highest Partnership Record Against England
Kohli has been a part of some incredible partnerships in his career. He will be eyeing the highest partnership record against England, which currently stands at 408 runs. This record was set by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy in 1956. Kohli, along with his fellow batsmen, will look to create history by surpassing this long-standing record.
As India prepares to take on England in the highly anticipated Test series, Virat Kohli finds himself on the verge of achieving several significant milestones. From joining the elite 9,000 Test runs club to setting new records against England, Kohli's impact on the game continues to grow. With his exceptional talent and determination, cricket fans around the world are eagerly awaiting his performances in this crucial series.