The five-match Test series between England and India is all set to begin on August 4 in Nottingham. It will also kick off the second edition of the World Test Championship. Last time India toured England for a Test series, they lost it by a 1-4 margin but the whole series was extremely competitive.
Both the teams lost in their previous Test series or match to New Zealand. England lost the two-match series to the Kiwis while the Kane Williamson-led side trumped India later to win the inaugural World Test Championship. Ahead of the opening Test match, we look at the approaching milestones for teams and players.
Let’s look at all the key records and approaching milestones:
Virat Kohli has amassed 22875 runs in his international career so far in 484 innings. He is only 125 runs away from completing 23000 runs and will be the quickest to the milestone when he gets there.
Joe Root needs only 22 runs to surpass Alastair Cook and become the highest run-getter for England across all three formats.
Ravindra Jadeja is only 15 runs away from completing 2000 runs in Test cricket. He will become only the fifth Indian to complete the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in the longest format. Jadeja also needs only two wickets to reach the milestone of 450 wickets in international cricket.
England’s legendary pacer James Anderson has picked 617 wickets in his Test career. He is only three wickets away from going past Anil Kumble (619) and become the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.
India off-spinner Ravi Ashwin needs only five wickets to go past Harbhajan Singh’s wickets tally and become the third highest wicket-taker for India in Tests.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane needs only 16 more runs to complete 8000 runs in international cricket.
India skipper Virat Kohli has led his country to 36 wins in the longest format and is on level terms with Clive Lloyd in that aspect. He will reach the fourth spot among most successful Test captains if India wins the first Test.