Virat Kohli Set To Go Past Sourav Ganguly’s Run-Tally During India-Bangladesh Test series
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is on the cusp of becoming sixth-highest run-scorer for India in Test cricket as he is well within touching distance from the record of former India captain and now BCCI’s President, Sourav Ganguly. Kohli, in 82 Tests, has scored 7066 runs at an average of 54.77. Ganguly, who played his last Test in 2008, had scored 7212 runs at 42.17 before retiring.
Kohli is 147 away from going past the run-tally of former India skipper and is highly likely leapfrog the India legend right in the first Test of the series. But should he go past him in the second Test, it will come at the home ground of Ganguly, Eden Gardens. Also, it will come in a day-night fixture as the second Test will be played with a pink ball.
The list of most Test runs, for India, is topped by Sachin Tendulkar. With 15921 runs in the longest format, the Master Blaster is also the highest run-scorer overall. Rahul Dravid, with 13288 runs (also includes runs for ICC), sits next to him.
Sunil Gavaskar is third on the list with 10122 runs and is followed by VVS Laxman, who scored 8781 runs before retiring in 2012. Virender Sehwag sits ahead of Ganguly as he retired with 8586 Test runs.
Apart from overtaking Ganguly, Kohli is also set to go past the records of Greg Chappell and Stephen Flemming. The former scored 7110 runs while Fleming ended his Test career with 7172 runs.
The India-Bangladesh test series kicks off November 14 with the first Test to be played in Indore. The second Test will be played at Eden Gardens from November 22. Before the Tests, the two teams played a three-match T20I series that India won by a margin of 2-1.
The visitors upset the hosts by registering their first-ever win over Men in Blue in this format in the first T20I but the Rohit Sharma-led side made a comeback and registered two back to back wins to continue their domination over Bangladesh.
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