New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 20, 2024 10:49 IST
Virat Kohli is expected to hold the key when India take on England in a pressure-packed five-match Test series, played on January 25 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Scoring 29 hundreds and 30 fifties, the 35-year-old Kohli is expected to pose a major threat to the opposition. Kohli has been in good form recently after he finished as India’s top run-scorer and second-highest run-scorer in the two-match Test series against South Africa.
In 2 matches, Kohli scored 172 runs at an average of 43 and a strike rate of 79.62. His highest score is 76 Coming in the second innings of the Centurion Test, India lost by an innings and 32 runs.
If Kohli faces England, it will be difficult for his opponents to restrict him. It goes without saying that the England bowlers need to dismiss him soon.
Let’s look back at the milestones that Virat Kohli was able to achieve in the Test series against England
first – Virat Kohli is just 152 runs away from reaching 9000 runs in Test cricket. Only three Indian cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar, have achieved this feat.
2 – Virat Kohli is 9 innings away from completing 1000 innings in Test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Sunil Gavaskar are the Indian batsmen who have batted 1000 innings or more.
3– Virat Kohli needs 9 runs to complete 2000 runs in the Test against England. Among Indians, only Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar have faced the Three Lions more times than him. In 28 Tests, Kohli scored runs in 1991 at an average of 42.36.
4 – Virat Kohli also needs 52 runs to make England his biggest opponents in Test cricket. Currently, Australia is his highest scoring team as he has scored 2042 runs against them in 25 Tests.
5 – Virat Kohli needs 16 runs to complete 3000 Test runs as captain of the Indian men’s cricket team. In 45 Tests, he scored 2984 runs at an average of 40.87 with 9 hundreds and 12 fifties.
6 – Virat Kohli needs 3 centuries to become the Indian batsman with the most matches against England. Tendulkar and Gavaskar have seven hundreds each while Kohli has five.