Experienced India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is on the cusp of some huge milestones as India face Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Indore. Ashwin needs eight more wickets to tie Anil Kumble for the second-highest wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 111 taken in Tests against Australia. Nathan Lyon of Australia needs nine more wickets to match Anil Kumble’s 111-wicket haul from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Moreover, Ashwin needs two more wickets to match Kapil Dev’s record of 687 wickets in international cricket.
Moreover, Virat Kohli needs 77 runs to reach 4000 runs in domestic Tests. Rohit Sharma needs 57 more runs to reach 2000 runs in home Tests. The Indian captain needs 80 more runs to reach 3000 career runs as a leader in international cricket.
Since entering the world of international cricket in 2008, Virat has been a cornerstone of India’s dominance at home. He has so far amassed 10,829 runs in 221 innings at an average of 58.22 in 199 home games. At home, he has recorded 34 centuries and 51 half-centuries, with a top mark of 254*.
But Virat, who has been looking for massive runs in the lengthier format since 2020, will be under pressure this time. For someone of his stature, his performances in the years 2020 (116 runs in three matches at an average of 19.33, with one fifty in six innings), 2021 (536 runs in eleven matches at an average of 28.21, with four fifties in 19 innings), and 2022 (265 in six matches at an average of 26.50, with one fifty in eleven innings), are too underwhelming.
Virat looked completely in control during his brief innings of 44 and 20 runs in each of the two innings of the second Test in Delhi, though, and Team India will be hoping that their top batsman will end his three-year run of big runs. This will also increase India’s chances of qualifying for the ICC World Test Championship finals, which will be held in London from June 7 onward.
In this series, Virat has managed 76 runs over three innings at an average of 25.33.