Records which Virat Kohli can break during Australia Tests: Sportsrush presents before you seven records which Kohli can break.
The sight of India captain Virat Kohli breaking feats at the highest level across formats has become a common one in the last year or so. Kohli’s bat has demolished oppositions across conditions and going by his recent form, Australia might be the next one.
With the much awaited four-match Test series set to begin on December 6 in Adelaide, apart from making India win the series, Kohli must be having eyes on breaking another set of individual records in international cricket.
There is no hiding to the fact that Kohli holds the key for India in the Test series. Batting at No. 4, India’s batting line-up is likely to revolve around him. While Kohli would be looking for others to up their individual game, millions of fans back home would be unequivocally banking on Kohli to have another stellar series down under.
The last time that Kohli played a Test series in Australia, he scored 692 runs in four Tests at an average of 86.50 and a strike rate of 63.31, including four centuries. Anything close to that performance should do a great do for India.
7 Records which Virat Kohli can break during Australia Tests
1) Most Test centuries against Australia – In 15 Test matches against Australia, Kohli has already scored six centuries. England’s Jack Hobbs (12) has scored the maximum centuries against Australia.
If Kohli scores a couple of centuries in this series, he will be at joint-fourth position alongside Sunil Gavaskar and Herbert Sutcliffe. If Kohli scores three centuries, it will make him only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (11) in this list.
2) Most runs by a captain – In 42 Test matches as captain, Kohli has scored 4,233 runs at an average of 65.12 and a strike rate of 62.70. Currently at No. 8, Kohli needs 612 runs to surpass former England captain Alistair Cook (No. 6), who has scored 4,844 runs in 59 matches as captain.
If Kohli doesn’t amass these many runs, scoring 452 runs will make him surpass former West Indies’ captain Brian Lara (4,685 runs in 47 matches).
3) Most centuries by a captain – In 42 Test matches as captain, Kohli has registered 17 Test centuries. Currently at No. 3, Kohli needs three more centuries to overtake Ricky Ponting (18). The record of most Test centuries by a Test captain lies with Graeme Smith (25).
4) Most Test runs by an Indian batsman – In 73 Tests for India, Kohli has scored 6,331 runs at an average of 54.57. Currently at No. 8, Kohli needs another 538 runs to better Dilip Vengsarkar’s Test tally of 6,868 runs.
If that happens, Kohli will reach at No. 7, needing 344 more runs to surpass former India captain Sourav Ganguly (7,212 runs).
5) Most centuries in a calendar year – In the year 2017, Kohli had scored five centuries in 10 Test matches, most centuries for him in a calendar year. With three Test matches to be played this year, Kohli has a fair chance of bettering his own numbers.
If Kohli scores three centuries in three matches, he will reach the second spot, only behind former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who had scored nine Test centuries during his historic spree in 2006.
A couple of more centuries this year will level Kohli alongside the elite company of Ricky Ponting, Sir Vivian Richards, Aravinda de Silva and Sachin Tendulkar.
6) Most runs in a calendar year – While Kohli is 725 runs away from equaling Mohammad Yousuf’s 1,788 runs, he stands a decent opportunity of excelling his own record.
Going by number of runs, Kohli’s best year so far has been 2016 where he scored 1,215 runs in 12 matches at an average of 75.93 and a strike rate of 60.41. In the 10 matches which he has played in 2018, Kohli has scored 1,063 runs at an average of 59.05 and a strike rate of 58.79.
If Kohli scores 153 runs in three Test matches, 2018 will become his best year ever. Among the Indians, Kohli requires 499 runs to better the feat for any Indian batsman ever. Currently, Tendulkar (1,562 runs in 2010) holds the record for the same.
If Kohli scores 399 runs in three matches, he will surpass Virender Sehwag to reach the third spot (behind Tendulkar and Gavaskar) as far as Indian cricketers are concerned.
7) Most runs in Border-Gavaskar Trophy – Having scored 1,322 runs, Kohli requires 417 runs to once again surpass Sehwag (1,738) to become the fourth-highest (seventh overall) run-scorer by an Indian batsman in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 30, 2018
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) November 30, 2018
The verbals have begun…
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 30, 2018
“I’m going with him to be the leading run-scorer” – Ricky Ponting is backing Usman Khawaja to “just pip” Virat Kohli in the upcoming #AUSvIND Test series.
— ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2018