Sports desk. International cricket is returning to India from the series against England. Matches were not being played due to the Corona epidemic. Now everyone is waiting for the four-match Test series against England. The last Test in India was played against Bangladesh in Kolkata in November 2019. During the England series, the fans will keep an eye on captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara. Kohli returned home on paternity leave after the Adelaide Test against Australia. Virat Kohli has 27 centuries in 87 Test matches, but he has not been able to score a century in Tests since 13 months. In the 2019/20 series, India lost 2–0 in the Test series against New Zealand. Kohli’s performance in that Test series was disappointing.
However, Kohli hinted to return to form by scoring 74 runs in the first innings of the Adelaide Test match against Australia. Kohli will be keen to score big in the home series against England. Kohli likes to score runs against England. Kohli topped the batting charts in the last 2 series against England. Except for the 2014 England tour, Kohli has never failed in Test matches for a long time. Kohli was able to score only 130 runs in 10 innings on the 2014 tour. After this, the Indian captain worked on his weakness against the moving balls. On the 2018 England tour, Kohli scored 593 runs in 5 matches, including 2 centuries. Kohli likes to face England in his home. In his first series against England in 2012, Kohli scored 188 runs in 4 Tests including a century. In 2016-17, Kohli scored 655 runs in 5 Tests at an average of 109.16 against England, including 2 centuries.
Virat Kohli will become the highest run-scorer against England as soon as he scored 489 runs. Kohli may leave behind former captain Sunil Gavaskar in this matter. Gavaskar has scored 1331 runs in domestic Test matches against England during 1972–1985. Kohli is currently sixth on the list with 843 runs from 9 matches. Kohli will have a chance to leave behind other giants including Sachin Tendulkar and Gundappa Vishwanath. Cheteshwar Pujara is also not far behind in this list with 839 runs. Pujara also has a golden opportunity to break Gavaskar’s record. Pujara has scored four centuries in the home series against England, while Kohli has scored 3 centuries.
Most runs against England in domestic Test matches
Sunil Gavaskar – 22 matches, 1331 runs
Gundappa Vishwanath – 17 matches, 1022 runs
Sachin Tendulkar – 15 matches, 960 runs
Vijay Manjrekar – 11 matches, 885 runs
ML Jayasimha – 10 matches, 843 runs
Virat Kohli – 9 matches, 843 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara – 9 matches, 839 runs
Last year, Virat’s bat could not score a century. If he manages to score a century in this series, he will achieve many great achievements simultaneously.
One, Virat Kohli will be named the highest century (42) as captain in International Cricket (Test + ODI + T20 International). He will leave behind Ricky Ponting (41). Also, he will be equal to Ricky Ponting (71) in terms of scoring the most centuries in international cricket. That is, only Sachin Tendulkar will be left ahead of Kohli, who has done 100 centuries in his international career. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli can also break Ricky Ponting’s record of scoring the most centuries at home as a Test captain. As captain, Ponting has 11 Test centuries at home, while Kohli has scored 10 centuries at home.
Highest century as captain in domestic test
Ricky Ponting – 39 matches, 11 centuries
Greg Chappell – 33 matches, 10 centuries
Virat Kohli – 26 matches, 10 centuries
Steve Smith – 20 matches, 10 centuries
Don Bradman – 15 matches, 9 centuries
The four-match Test series against England starts on 5 February. The first Test will be held in Chennai from 5-9 February. The second Test will also be held in Chennai from February 13-17. The last two Tests (March 24-28 and March 4-8) will be played in Ahmedabad.