Approaching milestones ahead of the second Test between India and South Africa at Pune

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V Kohli has an aggregate of 6800 test runs prior to the start of the second test and requires 200 runs to reach 7000 runs. If he gets them, then he would become the seventh Indian batsman to total 7000 plus test runs. Others are –  SR Tendulkar {15921}, R Dravid {13265}, SM Gavaskar {10122}, VVS Laxman {8781},V Sehwag {8503} and S Ganguly {7212}

V Kohli has an aggregate of 3156 test runs at home prior to the start of the second test and requires 344 runs to reach 3500 runs. If he gets them, then he would become the eighth Indian batsman to total 3500 plus test runs at home. Others are –  SR Tendulkar {7216}, R Dravid {5598}, SM Gavaskar {5067}, V Sehwag {4656}, VVS Laxman {3767}, DB Vengsarkar {3725} and GR Viswanath {3502}

CA Pujara has scored seven centuries at home in India’s winning tests prior to the start of the second test. One more century would fetch him his eighth century in India’s winning tests at home. If he gets it, he would then become the fourth Indian batsman to score eight or more centuries in India’s winning tests at home. Others are – SR Tendulkar {11}, R Dravid {08} and V Kohli {08)

V Kohli has scored eight centuries at home in India’s winning tests prior to the start of the second test. One more century would fetch him his ninth century in India’s winning tests at home. If he gets it, he would then become the second Indian batsman to score nine or more centuries in India’s winning tests at home after SR Tendulkar. SR Tendulkar has scored eleven centuries.

V Kohli has scored 24 fifties in India’s winning tests prior to the start of the second test and require one more fifty which would fetch him 25 fifties. If he gets them, then he would become the fifth Indian batsman to score 25 or more fifties in India’s winning tests. Others are – SR Tendulkar {44}, R Dravid {38}, VVS Laxman {30} and CA Pujara {28}

V Kohli has scored 47 fifties in his test career prior to the start of the second test and require three more fifties which would fetch him 50 fifties. If he gets these, he would join the following seven Indian batsmen who have scored 50 fifties in their test career – SR Tendulkar {119}, R Dravid {99}, SM Gavaskar {79}, VVS Laxman {73},V Sehwag {54}, DB Vengsarkar {52} and SC Ganguly {51}

V Kohli has led India in 49 tests. He would be leading India in 50th test in this test at Pune. He would become the second captain to lead India in 50 plus tests after MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni has led India in 60 tests, He also would become the 17th captain to lead a team in 50 plus tests in the annals of test cricket

V Kohli has an aggregate of 4702 runs while leading India prior to the start of this series. He requires 298 runs more for his 5000 runs. If he gets them, he would become the first Indian captain to total 5000 runs

V Kohli has an aggregate of 4702 runs while leading India prior to the start of this series. He requires 298 runs more for his 5000 runs. If he gets them, he would become the sixth captain to total 5000 runs in the annals of test cricket. Others are – GC Smith {8659}, AR Border {6623}, RT Ponting {6542}, CH Lloyd {5233} and SP Fleming {5156}

V Kohli has scored 18 centuries while leading India prior to the start of the second test. One more century would fetch him 19 centuries and he would share the second place with RT Ponting for most centuries by a captain in the annals of test cricket. RT Ponting has also scored 19 centuries while skippering Australia. GC Smith of South Africa owns the record for most centuries by a captain in tests with 25 centuries to his credit.

V Kohli has scored 18 centuries while leading India prior to the start of the second test. Two more centuries would fetch him 20 centuries and he would become the second captain to score 20 plus centuries in the annals of test cricket. GC Smith of South Africa is the other captain to score 25 centuries and owns the record for most centuries by a captain in tests.

V Kohli would become India’s highest run getter as captain at home if he scores 130 runs. He has an aggregate of 2297 runs prior to start of the second test. 130 more runs would fetch him an aggregate of 2427 runs. He would go past SM Gavaskar’s 2426 runs to own the record of highest run getter as captain at home

V Kohli has an aggregate of 2297 runs as captain at home prior to start of the second test. 203 more runs would fetch him an aggregate of 2500 runs. He would   then become the first Indian captain to total 2500 runs at home. He would also become the seventh captain to total 2500 plus runs at home in the annals of test cricket. Others are – RT Ponting {3555}, AR Border {3448}, GC Smith {3380}, GS Chappell {2948}, GA Gooch {2820} and BC Lara {2743}

V Kohli has scored eight centuries at home as captain prior to the start of the second test. One more century would fetch him his ninth century at home and he would share the Indian record for most century by a captain with SM Gavaskar. SM Gavaskar has scored nine centuries at home as captain. Other captains to score exact nine centuries at home are – DG Bradman {09}, MJ Clarke {09}, GA Gooch {09}, DPMD Jayawardene {09} and BC Lara {09}

V Kohli has scored eight centuries at home as captain prior to the start of the second test. Two more centuries would fetch him his tenth century at home and he would become the first Indian captain to score ten centuries at home. He would also become the fourth captain in the annals of test cricket to score ten or more centuries at home. Others are – RT Ponting {11}, GS Chappell {10} and SPD Smith {10}.

V Kohli has scored eight centuries at home as captain prior to the start of the second test. Two more centuries would fetch him his tenth century at home and he would become the first captain other than Australians to score ten centuries at home.

V Kohli has an aggregate of 809 runs against South Africa prior to the start of the second test. He needs 191 more runs for his 1000 runs. If he gets them, then he would become the fourth Indian batsman to total 1000 plus runs against South Africa. Others are – SR Tendulkar {1741}, V Sehwag {1306} and R Dravid {1252}

V Kohli has an aggregate of 537 runs against South Africa as captain in eight tests  prior to the start of the second test. He needs 17 more runs to overhaul the aggregate of 553 runs by SR Tendulkar. If he gets them in this test, he would achieve the double distinction of captaining India in most tests against South Africa and also own the record for most runs by an Indian captain against South Africa, This test would be the ninth test as captain against South Africa for V Kohli. He would go past SR Tendulkar and MS Dhoni who  have led India in eight tests against South Africa.

V Kohli is yet to register a century against South Africa at home. His highest score is 88 in the second innings of the Delhi Test in Dec 2015.

AM Rahane has pouched 10 catches against South Africa at home. Three more catches would fetch him 13 catches and with it the record for most catches by an Indian fieldsman against South Africa at home. He would go past R Dravid who presently holds the record with 12 catches to his credit.

V Kohli has pouched seven catches against South Africa prior to the start of the second test. Three more catches would fetch him ten catches. If he pouches two catches, he would then become the tenth Indian fieldsman to pouch ten or more catches against South Africa.  Others are – R Dravid {21}, VVS Laxman {18}, M Azharuddin {13}, SR Tendulkar {13}, AM Rahane {12}, V Sehwag {12}, W Jaffer {10}, CA Pujara {10} and M Vijay {10}

RA Jadeja has pouched eight catches against South Africa prior to the start of the second test. Two more catches would fetch him ten catches. If he pouches two catches, he would then become the tenth Indian fieldsman to pouch ten or more catches against South Africa.  Others are – R Dravid {21}, VVS Laxman {18}, M Azharuddin {13}, SR Tendulkar {13}, AM Rahane {12}, V Sehwag {12}, W Jaffer {10}, CA Pujara {10} and M Vijay {10}

RA Jadeja and I Sharma have captured five or more wickets in an innings on nine occasions. One more five wickets haul would fetch them ten five wickets hauls. They would then become the eleventh and twelfth Indian bowler to capture ten or more five wickets hauls. Others are – A Kumble {35}, R Ashwin {26}, Harbhajan Singh {25}, Kapil Dev {23}, BS Chandrashekar {16}, BS Bedi {14}, SP Gupte {12}. Z Khan {11}, EAS Prasanna {10} and J Srinath {10}

RA Jadeja has captured five or more wickets in an innings on nine occasions. One more five wickets haul would fetch them ten five wickets hauls. He would then become eighth Indian spin bowler to capture ten or more five wickets hauls. Others are – A Kumble {35}, R Ashwin {26}, Harbhajan Singh {25}, BS Chandrashekar {16}, BS Bedi {14}, SP Gupte {12} and EAS Prasanna {10}

I Sharma has captured five or more wickets in an innings on nine occasions. One more five wickets haul would fetch him ten five wickets hauls. He would then become the fourth Indian pace bowler to capture ten or more five wickets hauls. Others are Kapil Dev {23}, Z Khan {11}, and J Srinath {10}

F du Plessis has an aggregate of 3676 runs in his test career prior to the start of the test series. He requires 324 more runs for his 4000 runs. If he gets them, he would then become the ninth South African batsman to total 4000 plus runs. Others are – JH Kallis {13206}, HM Amla {9282}, GC Smith {9253}, AB de Villiers {8765}, G Kirsten {7289}, HH Gibbs {6167}, MV Boucher {5498} and DJ Cullinan {4554}

F du Plessis has an aggregate of 1994 runs in his test career as South African captain prior to the start of the test series. He requires six more runs for his 2000 runs. If he gets them, he would then become the third South African captain to total 4000 plus runs. Others are – GC Smith {8647} and WJ Cronje {2833}

K Rabada has captured nine five wicket hauls in his test career prior to the start of the second test.  One more haul would fetch him his tenth five wicket haul and with it he would become the seventh South African bowler to capture ten or more five wicket hauls. Others are – DW Steyn {26}, AA Donald {20}, M Ntini {18}, SM Pollock {16}, HD Tayfield {14} and VD Philander {13}

VD Philander has captured thirteen five wicket hauls in his test career prior to the start of the second test.  Two more hauls would fetch him his fifteenth five wicket haul and with it he would become the fourth South African bowler to capture fifteen or more five wicket hauls. Others are – DW Steyn {26}, AA Donald {20}, M Ntini {18} and SM Pollock {16}

VD Philander has captured 72 wickets in his test career on away soil prior to the start of the second test.  Three more wickets would fetch him 75 wickets with it he would become the ninth South African bowler to capture 75 plus wickets on away soil. The following table lists the other eight bowlers who have captured 75 plus wickets on away soil.

No Player Span Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts Ave 5 10
1 SM Pollock 1997-2006 49 93 12000 4778 186 25.68 07 0
2 DW Steyn 2006-2018 37 64 7198 3975 164 24.23 10 2
3 AA Donald 1992-2002 34 61 7551 3513 153 22.96 08 1
4 M Morkel 2008-2017 41 72 7835 4161 146 28.50 03 0
5 M Ntini 1998-2009 48 87 9568 5256 141 37.27 06 2
6 JH Kallis 1997-2012 73 117 9561 4277 125 34.21 03 0
7 HJ Tayfield 1952-1960 17 27 5947 2027 78 25.98 06 1
8 PR Adams 1996-2004 26 44 5066 2494 77 32.38 04 1

KA Maharaj has captured 99 wickets in his test career prior to the start of the second test. He needs one more wicket for his 100 wickets. If he gets it, he would then become the 17th South African bowler to capture 100 plus wickets in Tests. The following table lists the other sixteen South African bowlers who have captured 100 plus wickets in Tests

No Player Span Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts Ave 5 10
1 DW Steyn 2004-2019 93 171 18608 10077 439 22.95 26 5
2 SM Pollock 1995-2008 108 202 24353 9733 421 23.11 16 1
3 M Ntini 1998-2009 101 190 20834 11242 390 28.82 18 4
4 AA Donald 1992-2002 72 129 15519 7344 330 22.25 20 3
5 M Morkel 2006-2018 86 160 16498 8550 309 27.66 8 0
6 JH Kallis 1995-2013 165 270 20172 9497 291 32.63 5 0
7 VD Philander 2011-2019 59 111 10624 4721 216 21.85 13 2
8 K Rabada 2015-2019 38 71 7052 3940 177 22.25 9 4
9 HJ Tayfield 1949-1960 37 61 13568 4405 170 25.91 14 2
10 PR Adams 1995-2004 45 76 8850 4405 134 32.87 4 1
11 TL Goddard 1955-1970 41 75 11736 3226 123 26.22 5 0
12 A Nel 2001-2008 36 69 7630 3919 123 31.86 3 1
13 PM Pollock 1961-1970 28 52 6522 2806 116 24.18 9 1
14 NAT Adcock 1953-1962 26 46 6391 2195 104 21.10 5 0
15 PL Harris 2007-2011 37 63 8809 3901 103 37.87 3 0
16 N Boje 2000-2006 43 72 8620 4265 100 42.65 3 0

KA Maharaj has captured 99 wickets in his test career prior to the start of the second test. He needs one more wicket for his 100 wickets. If he gets it, he would then become the 191st bowler to capture 100 plus wickets in the annals of Test cricket.

Indian bowlers have captured five or more wickets on 346 occasions prior to the start of the second test. Four more  such hauls would  fetch 350 five wicket hauls, India  would then become the  third team in the annals of test  cricket to have 350 plus  five wicket hauls. Others are – England {679} and Australia {621}

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