For the past decade, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin have been two mainstays of the Indian cricket team. Kohli is currently one of the best batsmen in the world. He has scored 7318 runs from 53 Tests at an average of 53.41. He occupies the fourth rank of the ICC Players Ranking for Test Batsmen; trailing Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne.
Virat Kohli is known for his captaining skills and is the leader of the Indian team in all formats of the game. Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the most prominent offspinners in the world for the past decade. The averages and records of these two players are quite envious.
Ashwin has picked up 377 scalps from 74 tests at an average of 25.54. He has scored 2467 runs from 103 innings with four hundred. Ashwin is placed in the tenth rank of the ICC Players Ranking for Test Bowlers and fourth in the ranking of all-rounders.
Both Kohli and Ashwin are at the cusp of major records. So, let us have a look at the feats these two phenomenal players can achieve in the upcoming IND vs ENG series.
Kohli’s charisma as batsman
We all know that Virat Kohli is one of the most charismatic batsmen in the world at present. Kohli has 7318 runs to his name now in test cricket. He has the chance to surpass some big names if he has a good series. Among the current players; he can surpass Ross Taylor (7349 runs) and Steve Smith (7540 runs), while among the previous players. He can go past the likes of Justin Langer (7696 runs), Mark Taylor (7525 runs). Clive Lloyd (7515 runs), and Gordon Greenidge (7558 runs).
Three hundred in this series will help him become the batsman with the most number of hundreds in India-England tests; going past Tendulkar, Dravid, and Cook, who all have 7 test hundreds in these matches.
Apart from that Kohli is also known for being a captain who has led India from the front and has won matches in all kinds of conditions. Kohli’s track record as a captain has been impeccable and he has scored a total of 41 centuries across formats as a skipper. He needs one more century to go past Ricky Ponting and become the captain with the most number of international centuries. He needs only 14 more runs to move past Clive Lloyd and occupy the fourth spot in the list of captains with the most number of runs.
Ashwin heroics with the ball
Ashwin bowling and batting have been of vital importance and that was seen time and again in the recently concluded test series against Australia where he picked up a lot of scalps and played vital innings in the fourth innings of the Brisbane Test.
Currently, he needs 23 more scalps to reach the landmark of 400 test wickets after having played 74 tests. If he does so, Ashwin will become the fastest Indian to pick up 400 test wickets after Anil Kumble; Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh. Kumble holds that distinction now, having picked up 400 test wickets in 85 matches.
If he takes twelve more wickets, Ashwin (254) could go past Harbhajan; who is second in the list of Indian bowlers with the highest number of wickets at home with 265 wickets. Ashwin has picked up 27 five-wicket hauls in his career and three more such performances can help him go past Glenn Mcgrath (29) and equal the record of James Anderson in the list of bowlers with the most number of five-wicket hauls. Ashwin’s batting prowess can also help him break a few records in this series.
With a few more runs and 23 more scalps. He can become the third Indian after Kumble and Kapil Dev; to have completed the record of 2500 runs and 400 wickets. Ashwin has already picked up 42 wickets against England at home and eight more scalps will take his count to 50. He will place him in the company of BS Chandrashekhar (64), Kumble (56), and Bishan Bedi (50).
Both the players are at the cusp of major records in the upcoming test series against England. Indian fans thus will be quite excited and will be looking forward to seeing their favourite players perform well and create new records.