The third Test of the 4 match series between India and England is to be played at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad from Wednesday 24 February. This match will be played with a pink ball, ie it is a day and night match. This match is important for Team India to make it to the final of the World Test Championship. At the same time, it is also very special for Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin personally.
Ravichandran Ashwin has played 76 Test matches so far. In this, he has taken 394 wickets. He is 6 wickets away from the 400 wicket mark. If he takes 6 wickets in the third Test, then 400 or more wickets will become the world’s 16th bowler and sixth spinner. Not only this, but he will also become the Indian to take 400 wickets in the lowest match. Right now this record is in the name of legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble. Kumble had touched 400 wickets in his 85th Test match.
Overall, he will be ranked second in the list of 400 wicket-takers in the lowest Test match. Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka is at number one in this case. Muralitharan took his 400th wicket in the 72nd Test match. In this case, currently, the number two jointly is Richard Hedley of New Zealand and Dale Steyn of South Africa. Headley and Steyn had completed 400 wickets each in the 80th match.
Virat Kohli has played a total of 425 international matches (Tests, ODIs, and T20s) so far. In this, he has scored 70 centuries. He is at number three in terms of the highest international century. At number one is legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and at number two is former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Sachin has 100 international centuries to his name, while Ponting scored 71 centuries during his career. If Kohli scores a century in this match, then he will be equal to Ricky Ponting’s record of 71 centuries.
Not only this, Kohli has scored 41 centuries in international cricket as a captain. In this case, he has already equaled Ricky Potting. The two jointly ranked first. Now Kohli has a chance to overtake Ponting. Ponting had scored 41 centuries in 324 international matches as captain. Virat has scored 41 centuries in 190 matches. Kohli has not been able to reach triple digits even once in the last 10 innings. In such a situation, his effort will be to end the drought of centuries. Anyway, the bat of a player like him does not remain calm for long.
Virat Kohli’s eye on breaking Dhoni’s record
If Team India wins the third match, then Virat Kohli will become the highest Test-winning captain at home ground. He will break Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s record. Currently, Dhoni and Virat have 21-21 Test wins at home ground. In this case, Mohammad Azharuddin (13 Test wins) is second, Sourav Ganguly (10 Test wins) is third and Sunil Gavaskar (7 Test wins) is fourth.