As the ICC World Test Championship final between India and Australia approaches on June 7 at The Oval, all eyes are on star batter Virat Kohli, who has surged back to form across all forms since late 2022. His sights are set on the renowned Test Championship crown, for which he will need to perform admirably against Australia, a team he enjoys playing against. Virat enjoys playing against the Australians. He has 1,979 runs at an average of 48.26 in 24 Tests against Australia, with eight tons and five fifties. His highest possible score is 186. Virat has played 92 matches against Australia in all forms, scoring 4,945 runs at an average of 50.97. His highest possible score is 186. He has 16 centuries and 24 fifties versus Australians.
The most runs scored by a player in an ICC tournament knockout match.
Virat presently has 620 runs in knock-out stage matches at ICC events. Virat has scored 620 runs at an average of 51.66 in 16 innings across 15 knockout matches. In the knockout matches, he has six fifties, with a top score of 96*. If he scores heavily, he will surpass superstars such as Sachin Tendulkar (657 runs in 14 knockout innings with one century and five fifties) and Ricky Ponting (731 runs in 18 innings with three hundreds and a fifty) to become the ‘King’ of ICC knockout matches.
The most Test runs scored against a bowler
This record is held by Cheteshwar Pujara. Against Nathan Lyon, he has scored a total of 570 runs. Virat follows Steve Smith (520 runs against Stuart Broad) and Kumar Sangakkara (531 runs against Saeed Ajmal) in fourth place with 511 runs against the same bowler. Virat will leapfrog these superstars and capture the throne with a big score.
In England, an Indian hitter scored the most international runs.
Rahul Dravid now has the most international cricket runs in England by an Indian player. England has scored 2,645 runs at an average of 55.10 in 46 matches, with eight centuries and 15 fifties. Sachin leads the way with 2,626 runs in 43 matches, including seven centuries and 12 centuries. Virat is third with 2,574 runs in 56 matches, three centuries and 18 fifties with an average of 40.85. Virat just needs 72 more runs to reach the top of this category.
Virat will achieve two milestones against Australia.
Virat has scored 1,979 runs at an average of 48.26 in 24 Tests against Australia, including eight hundreds and five fifties. He only needs 21 runs to reach 2,000 in Test cricket against Australia. In 92 international appearances against Australia, Virat has scored 4,945 runs at an average of 50.97. He needs to score 55 more runs against Australia to reach 5,000.
The majority of ICC knockout stage matches
Ricky Ponting of Australia has played the most ICC knockout stage matches in competitions including as the 50-over World Cup, 20-over World Cup, and Champions Trophy. He has participated in 18 such matches. Yuvraj Singh has played 17 knockout matches, while Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and MS Dhoni have each played 15 knockout matches. Virat will overtake Sachin and Dhoni as the player with the most ICC knockout match appearances.
950 fours in Test cricket.
In the lengthier format, Virat has currently hit 941 fours. He needs to hit nine more to reach the 950 mark. Sachin Tendulkar has the most fours in Test cricket (2,058 total).
Indians have scored the most Test hundreds against Australia.
Sachin Tendulkar now has the most Test hundreds against Australia, with eleven. Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli both have eight. If Virat hits a century, he will be the Indian player with the second-most Test hundreds against Australia, with nine.
By the age of 34, an Indian has made the most foreign centuries in SENA countries.
South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia are SENA countries where Indians have a poor track record. However, at the age of 34, Sachin had struck 22 hundred in these countries, while Virat had 21. He needs one more century to equal Sachin’s record and two back-to-back tons in the World T20 final to surpass Sachin as India’s maestro in international settings.
76 centuries fastest
Virat has now reached 75 international centuries. If he hits his 76th century against Australia in the World T20 final, he will do so in 555 innings, faster than Sachin (587 innings).
The majority of international hundreds against a team
Sachin has the most international tons against Australia (20), more than any other player. Don Bradman of Australia has 19 versus England, while Sachin has 17 against Sri Lanka. With 16 hundred versus Australia, Virat ranks fourth. He’ll need one century to equal Sachin’s century total against Sri Lanka, and two back-to-back tons will put him in third place with 18 tons.
After Sourav Ganguly, he is the first Indian to strike a century in an ICC final.
In the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000, Ganguly hit a century for India. Since then, no Indian has scored a century in an ICC competition final. Virat has the potential to end the century’s drought.
Australia finished first in the WTC table with 11 wins, three losses, and five draws in 19 matches, while India finished second with 10 wins, five defeats, and three draws.