India will take on England in the fourth Test at Ahmedabad, seeking to win the series 3-1, and book a spot in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Even a draw would be sufficient to take India to the final. But England, who have struggled against spin bowling so far, would look to spoil India’s party by winning the fourth Test and drawing the series 2-2. Cricwizz takes a look at the stats ahead of the fourth Test at Ahmedabad.
Virat Kohli needs 1 win as Test captain to join West Indian Clive Lloyd as the fourth most successful captain in terms of matches won. Kohli has won 35 Tests as captain so far, behind Clive Lloyd’s 36, Steve Waugh’s 41, Ricky Ponting’s 48, and Graeme Smith’s 53.
Kohli needs 17 runs to become the third skipper to score 12,000 runs or more in international cricket behind Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith.
Kohli needs 1 ton to become the leading century-maker as skipper with 42 tons in international cricket. He is currently tied with Ricky Ponting with 41 tons as an international skipper.
60th Test as skipper
When Kohli leads India into the fourth Test, it would be his 60th Test as skipper, making him joint highest with MS Dhoni as the most capped Test skipper for India.
If India wins the fourth Test at Ahmedabad, it would be India’s 29th Test victory over England in Test cricket. Currently, they have won 28, lost 48, drew 49 in 125 Tests.
Joe Root needs 1 win as Test captain to become the leading successful Test skipper for England. He is currently tied with Michael Vaughan with 26 wins each.
Kohli needs 258 runs to complete 2000 Test runs against England, and join the 2000-run club against England with Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli has scored 1742 runs @ 47.08 with 5 tons and 7 fifties in 22 Tests against England.
Joe Root needs 246 runs to join Alastair Cook among England cricketers who have scored 2000 Test runs against India. He has scored 1754 runs @ 56.58 with 5 tons and 9 fifties in 19 Tests against India.
If Axar Patel takes a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the fourth Test, it will make him just the second Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh to take the fourth consecutive five-wicket haul in Test cricket. If he manages to take a five-wicket haul in both the innings of the Ahmedabad Test, he will become the first Indian to achieve the record of five consecutive five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.
Rishabh Pant needs 6 dismissals to go past Farokh Engineer as the fourth most successful keeper against England. He has 24 scalps in just 6 Tests, behind Engineer’s 29 in 18 Tests, Kiran More’s 37 in 9 Tests, Syed Kirmani’s 42 in 20 Tests, and MS Dhoni’s 67 in 21 Tests.
James Anderson needs 1 Test to join Alastair Cook as the most capped Test cricketer against India. He has played 29 Tests against India, behind Alastair Cook’s 30 Tests.