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Kohli On Cusp Of Records In WTC Final

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Kohli On Cusp Of Records In WTC Final

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As the highly anticipated ICC World Test Championship final between India and Australia draws near, all eyes are focused on the star batsman Virat Kohli, who has made a remarkable comeback across all formats since late 2022. Kohli’s sights are set on the prestigious Test Championship mace, and he will need to be at his best against Australia, a team he thoroughly enjoys playing against.

In their previous encounters, Kohli has showcased his prowess, accumulating 1,979 runs at an average of 48.26 in 24 Test matches against Australia, including eight centuries and five fifties. His highest score against them is 186. Across all formats, Kohli has played 92 matches against Australia, accumulating 4,945 runs at an average of 50.97, with 16 centuries and 24 fifties to his name.

As Kohli prepares for a crucial innings in the title clash, let us explore some of the records he might break during the match.

Most runs by a player in ICC tournament knockout matches:

Kohli currently holds a total of 620 runs in ICC tournament knockout stage matches. Across 15 knockout matches and 16 innings, he has maintained an average of 51.66. Kohli has scored six fifties in these matches, with his best score being an unbeaten 96*. A noteworthy performance in the final will see him surpass legends like Sachin Tendulkar (657 runs in 14 innings with one century and five fifties) and Ricky Ponting (731 runs in 18 innings with three centuries and a fifty), crowning Kohli as the leading player in ICC knockout matches.

Most Test runs against a bowler:

Cheteshwar Pujara currently holds the record for scoring the most runs against a single bowler, with 570 runs against Nathan Lyon. Kohli occupies the fourth spot on this list with 511 runs against the same bowler, trailing behind Steve Smith (520 runs against Stuart Broad) and Kumar Sangakkara (531 runs against Saeed Ajmal). A remarkable innings in the final will propel Kohli above these renowned players, securing his place at the top.

Most international runs by an Indian batter in England:

Rahul Dravid currently holds the record for scoring the most international runs in England by an Indian player. Dravid amassed 2,645 runs in 46 matches, maintaining an average of 55.10, including eight centuries and 15 fifties. Sachin Tendulkar follows closely with 2,626 runs in 43 matches, comprising seven centuries and 12 fifties. Kohli holds the third position with 2,574 runs in 56 matches, including three centuries and 18 fifties, at an average of 40.85. Kohli requires a mere 72 runs to claim the top spot in this category.


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Kohli’s upcoming milestones against Australia:

In Test matches against Australia, Kohli has accumulated 1,979 runs in 24 matches, with eight centuries and five fifties, and is only 21 runs away from reaching the 2,000-run milestone. In international cricket overall, he has amassed 4,945 runs in 92 matches against Australia, with 16 centuries and 24 fifties, and needs 55 more runs to achieve the remarkable feat of 5,000 runs against Australia.

Most ICC knockout stage matches:

Ricky Ponting, the Australian batting legend, holds the record for playing the most ICC knockout stage matches in various tournaments such as the 50-over World Cup, 20-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy, with a total of 18 matches. Yuvraj Singh has played 17 such matches, while Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and MS Dhoni have played 15 knockout matches each. Kohli has the opportunity to surpass Sachin and Dhoni, securing the third-highest number of appearances in ICC knockout matches.

950 fours in Test cricket:

Kohli currently has hit 941 fours in Test cricket. He needs to strike just nine more boundaries to reach the impressive milestone of 950 fours. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most fours in Test cricket, with 2,058 fours.

Most Test centuries by an Indian against Australia:

Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for the most Test centuries by an Indian against Australia, with 11 centuries. Sunil Gavaskar and Kohli are tied at eight centuries each. If Kohli manages to score a century in the final, he will surpass Gavaskar, reaching nine centuries against Australia.

Most international centuries by an Indian in SENA countries by the age of 34:

SENA countries include South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia, where Indian players historically struggle. At the age of 34, Sachin Tendulkar had scored 22 centuries across these nations, while Kohli stands at 21. Kohli requires just one more century to equal Sachin’s record, and two consecutive centuries in the WTC final would establish him as India’s master in overseas conditions, surpassing Sachin’s achievement.

Fastest to 76 centuries:

Kohli currently has 75 international centuries. If he manages to score his 76th century against Australia in the WTC final, he will achieve this remarkable milestone in 555 innings, faster than Sachin Tendulkar, who took 587 innings.

Most international hundreds against a team:

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring 20 international centuries against Australia, the most by any player against a specific team. Don Bradman, the legendary Australian batsman, has 19 centuries against England, while Sachin has 17 against Sri Lanka. Kohli occupies the fourth spot with 16 centuries against Australia. By scoring one century, Kohli can equal Sachin’s century tally against Sri Lanka, and two back-to-back centuries will elevate him to third place with 18 centuries.

First Indian after Sourav Ganguly to score a century in an ICC final:

Sourav Ganguly was the last Indian player to score a century in the final of an ICC tournament, achieving the feat in the ICC Champions Trophy 2000. Since then, no Indian player has been able to reach this milestone. Kohli has the opportunity to break this century drought and etch his name in history.

Australia concluded the WTC table in the top position, with 11 wins, three losses, and five draws in 19 matches. India secured the second position, with 10 wins, five losses, and three draws.


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