Starting this August 4th at Nottingham, the five-match Test series against England will be a vital point in Virat Kohli‘s career. He is at that stage when he has to re-prove his credentials as a batsman and a captain. At the same time, the Indian captain is on the brink of breaking many records in this series. In this article, we take a look at five records Virat Kohli might break in the England Test Series.
1) Fastest to reach 23000 International runs
The fastest to complete 15000 International runs, 20000 International runs, and recently 22000 International runs, Virat Kohli is all set to break another record in this series. The Indian captain has been overcoming Sachin Tendulkar‘s numbers all the while, and the upcoming milestone is an easier one to break.
Currently sitting with 22875 runs, the Indian captain needs 125 runs within the upcoming 37 innings to become the fastest cricketer to reach 23000 International runs. Actually, it would not be a surprise if this happens within the first few games. Hence, this is one of the records Virat Kohli might break in the England Test Series.
2) Most centuries as an Indian Captain in International cricket
It was back in November 2019 that Virat Kohli last scored a century. In that game against Bangladesh, with 41 centuries as a captain, Kohli equalled Ricky Ponting’s record. While the Aussie took 324 games to achieve the feat, Virat took only 188 encounters.
Virat Kohli must strike big in the upcoming England series. He is one of India’s most experienced batsmen on the English pitches, and hence, if not one, at least a couple of centuries are expected out of Virat’s bat. Hence, in the process, he would become the captain with the most centuries in International cricket.
3) Most Successful Asian captain in SENA nations
With two wins in Australia, a win each in England and South Africa, Virat Kohli currently has four wins in SENA countries. This record is equal to Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram, both of whom have also got four victories in SENA countries. The Pakistani’s though have had a better performance in England and New Zealand.
Hence, if Virat Kohli gets one more win in England, he would become the most successful Asian Test captain in SENA nations. This looks very attainable at the moment. Therefore, this is one of the records Virat Kohli might break in the England Test Series.
4) Most Test wins by an Indian Captain vs a single opponent
Virat Kohli so far has 36 Test victories as a captain. This is better than any other Indian captain. However, Virat Kohli also has another captaincy record that could get broken in the upcoming England Test series.
The current Indian skipper could secure the record for most Test wins versus a single opponent. At the moment, both Virat and MS Dhoni are stuck at eight wins against England and Australia, respectively. Hence, if Virat achieves another win over England, he shall set a new record.
5) Most Man of the Match Awards by a captain
The likes of Imran Khan, Allan Border, Arjuna Ranatunga have all done well at their primary skill despite being the captain of the squad. Each of these three players has won 22 M.O.M awards as a captain. However, it is Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli who are at the top of the charts.
While Ricky has 28 trophies, Virat has 27 M.O.M awards. Hence, if the Indian captain can win the Man of the Match twice in the upcoming series, he would become the captain with the most M.O.M awards in International cricket. It is a difficult task, but it is well within Virat’s ability.