The second-string Indian team suffered a thrashing loss against the Lankans in what was their first T20I bilateral series win over Team India. With that tour now done and dusted, we have the clash of the heavyweights of the sport set to take place from the 4th of August at the Trent Bridge.
The Englishmen will lock horns with the 2nd ranked Indian team in what will be the first Test match of the 5-match Test series. When two champion sides clash it’s more than likely that records are shattered and new milestones achieved.
With 25 days of play in contention, Crcwizz brings you a list of records that can be broken in the Pataudi Trophy series.
The English skipper Joe Root is just a match away from being the most successful skipper for England in the longest format in terms of the number of wins. The 30-year old is currently tied with former English captain Micheal Vaughan, at 26 wins. Can Joe Root get the all-important win in this series and get into the history books as the greatest English skipper?
It definitely would not be an easy task as the opposing skipper Virat Kohli himself stands to be the most successful skipper in Tests for team India with an astonishing 36 wins under his belt.
The Indian skipper and currently 4th ranked Test batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli is just 453 runs away from reaching the 8000 runs milestone in Test cricket. The 32-year old will be only the 6th Indian batsman to achieve the feat and only the 3rd Indian to achieve the feat with a batting average of above the 50 mark.
Kohli is also only 258 runs away from scoring 2000 runs against England and if does he manage to score them he could become only the 3rd Indian batsman to score 2000 runs against England in Tests. Any guesses on the other two legends? Well, It is Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar.
India’s leading spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been piling up the wickets in the longest format and the 34-year old is now just 4 wickets away from equalling former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 wickets. If he does manage to continue the prime form he is likely to overhaul the record of Indian legend Kapil Dev’s tally of 434 wickets as well.
He is also just two wickets away from beating Wasim Akram’s 414 wickets in the Test format. The off-spinner is also just 12 wickets away from claiming 100 wickets against England and if he does reach the milestone, he could be the first Indian to achieve the feat.
The England skipper has already joined the elite list of English legends and he is now just 286 runs from notching up 9000 Test runs. The 30-year old is likely to achieve the milestone this series and in the process, he could become the second-highest run-getter for England in Tests overtaking GA Gooch (8900) and only below Alaistar Cook’s tally of 12472 runs.
England’s highest wicket-taker and 4th highest wicket-taker in the world in Tests, James Anderson currently has 617 Test scalps to his name. He is just 3 wickets away from overtaking the Indian spin wizard- Anil Kumble and the 5-match series looks ideal for the veteran to claim the 3rd spot in the list.
Any guesses on the top two? Many would get it to spot on, it is Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka with 800 wickets and Shane Warne of Australia with 708 wickets.
India’s spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is 17 wickets away from claiming 100 Test wickets. The 27-year old has 83 wickets under his belt in just 20 matches and if he does manage to reach the 100 wickets mark, he could join the legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev as the fastest Indian pacer to pick 100 wickets in the longest format.
Can boom boom Bumrah get there the fastest or will he be able to tie with the great?
The only Indian pacer to play over 100 Test matches, Ishant Sharma’s experience will hold in this important tour. The 32-year old is also just 6 wickets away from replacing Zaheer Khan (311) as the second most wickets by an Indian pacer in Tests. Sharma could attain the 2nd spot and would be only next to the former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev who has 434 wickets to his name.
Do let us know which of the above records are you looking forward to being broken? Also do stay tuned as Cricwizz as we bring you all exclusive content and updates on the much-awaited India’s tour of England.