The upcoming pink ball test at iconic Eden Gardens is going to be a historical event. It will mark the beginning of India and Bangladesh’s journey in Day Night Test matches but do you know what other records will be at stake during the pink ball test starting from Nov 22nd? Let’s go through some of the significant milestones one by one.
Virat Kohli only few runs away from scoring 5000 runs as captain
Indian captain and one of the best test batsmen at present, Virat Kohli is always in center of records whenever he takes the field. This new record requires Kohli to score only 32 runs to complete a massive milestone of 5000 Test runs as captain. He will be the first Indian to do so, if he gets there. Virat is already the highest Indian run scorer as captain having scored 1514 more runs than the second best MS Dhoni who doesn’t play test cricket anymore. Globally, Virat is at 6 in the list with 4968 runs in 52 Tests at an average of 62.89 which is only third to Don Bradman (101.4) and Steve Smith (70.3).
If Kohli scores a 100 in the second Test, he will surpass Ricky Ponting who also had 19 Test 100s as captain. Given how Kohli has started the series with a duck, he’d love to score a big one for sure and there won’t be any better occasion than this historical Test Match in front of a packed crowd.
One win away from becoming World’s 5th most successful captain
Even though a captain’s overall success can not be judged only on the basis of numbers, Virat Kohli will become 5th most successful captain statistically if his team manages to produce another win in the next test. He has already become most successful Indian Test captain judging by every parameter. Kohli at the moment has 32 Test wins as captain which is also the number of Test matches Australia won under Allan Border however, his winning % is almost half of Kohli. Greame Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48), Steve Waugh (41) and Clive Lloyd (36) are the only captains remaining ahead of Kohli in terms of number of wins.
147 runs to go pass Ganguly
Virat Kohli, the prolific run scorer needs 147 more runs to go pass Saurav Ganguly in the list of most Test runs for India. Ganguly, who has played 30 more matches than Kohli might see one of his records being broken in his own backyard and he would not mind that all. While doing so, he (kohli) will also cross Greg Chappell and Stephen Fleming in the global list. Virat Kohli has 7066 Test runs in 83 Tests at the average of 54.
An interesting record awaits for India
This is one of the most unfamiliar and least discussed record you will ever get to know and India would need a declaration with a win to follow to become the team with third most victories after declaring an inning in 21st century. Let’s break it down in case it sounds too complicated. The criteria for this is a team must declare either of the two innings or both and then go on to win the Test match.
In 21st century, Australia have won a total of 62 matches in which they have declared in at least one inning. South Africa and England follow them with 44 and 38 wins respectively. India too have won on 37 times they have declared in this century and they will need to do it once more to stand with England at 3.
Some other records at glance
- Mayank Agarwal needs 142 more runs for his 1000 Test runs, he will be the quickest Indian to 1000 Test runs if he gets to this landmark in Kolkata.
- Mohammad Shami needs 2 wickets to become 5th highest wicket taker at Eden Gardens, 7 to go pass Kapil Dev to sit at 4 in the list.
- Mushfiqur Rahim requires 192 runs to become Bangladesh’s highest run scorer. Looks difficult though!
- Rohit Sharma will become 4th highest 6 hitter in Test cricket for India if he hits 7 more.