Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is on pace to surpass players like Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev in the Indore Test. Rohit Sharma chose to bat first when he won the toss.
The two XI alterations were agreed upon by both teams. Shubman Gill and Umesh Yadav entered the starting lineup in lieu of KL Rahul and Mohammed Shami. Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green took the place of Pat Cummins and David Warner for Australia. Steve Smith will lead the Australian squad in the third Test.
Players like Kapil Dev and Kumble are what Ravichandran Ashwin, who has already taken 14 wickets in the first two Test matches, is chasing. To tie Anil Kumble for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy’s joint-highest wicket total of 111 taken in Tests against Australia, Ashwin has to take eight more wickets. In order to match Anil Kumble’s 111-wicket haul from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Nathan Lyon of Australia needs nine more wickets. To surpass Kapil Dev’s record of 687 international dismissals, Ashwin needs two more wickets.
One of the other important milestones in this Test that Virat Kohli must attain is 4000 Test runs at home, which he is 77 runs away from achieving. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma is now 57 runs away from surpassing 2000 Test runs.
The former Indian captain Virat Kohli has struggled to accumulate meaningful runs in Test cricket after 2020. He made his last century in the format in 2019. Compared to the time before 2020, he has scored far more slowly.
Kohli scored 116 runs in three games in 2020, averaging 19.33 runs per game with one fifty in six innings. In 2021, he amassed 536 runs in 11 games at an average of 28.21, scoring four fifty-plus runs in 19 innings. He still lacked a century despite these gains. The former India captain averaged 26.50 points per game while scoring 265 points in six games in 2022, including one fifty in eleven innings.
As all the attention is on the upcoming records, India is suffering.