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Virat Kohli's approaching milestones ahead of Chennai Test

India Today logo India Today 15-12-2016

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has already broken and set a plethora of records this year thanks to his outstanding run with the bat and as a leader in the longest format. Averaging fifty-plus in all three formats of the game, Kohli has taken his game to another level in 2016 and it will be interesting to see how long he can carry on his purple patch in international cricket.

India wrapped up the five-Test series against England with an innings and 36-run victory in the fourth Test in Mumbai which gave Kohli his fifth successive Test series win, a feat which no other Indian captain has ever managed. The win also stretched his unbeaten run as captain to 17 matches, drawing him level with Kapil Dev in second spot.

With one more Test to go and the series already in the bag, Kohli and the young Indian team will be looking to finish the year with a bang. Kohli will get one last shot to break more records before the year comes to an end.

So let's take a look at some of the records that Kohli can break in the fifth Test against England which starts from December 16.

ANOTHER DOUBLE TON ON THE CARDS?

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Kohli's 235 in the Mumbai Test was his third double hundred this year which again is a record for an Indian captain. Even as a player, no other Indian cricketer has ever slammed three double tons in a calendar year. Looking at his current form with the bat, another score of over 200 certainly cannot be ruled out. If he does reach the landmark yet again, he will equal former Australia captain Michael Clarke's world record of scoring four double centuries in a calendar year.

GAVASKAR'S UNBEATEN RECORD AS CAPTAIN IN SIGHT

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Another win for Kohli will see him equal Sunil Gavaskar's record of the longest unbeaten streak as an Indian Test captain. Between 24 January, 1976 to 20 January, 1980, Gavaskar led India to 18 matches with just one loss. India won six matches and drew 12 during that period. Kohli has so far led India to 17 matches without a loss with 13 wins and four draws. Kapil Dev had the same number of undefeated matches as Kohli but India won just four and drew 13 games in his reign.

CHANCE TO STRETCH UNDEFEATED RUN AT HOME

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India haven't suffered a defeat at home in last 18 consecutive Tests, with their last loss on home soil coming in December 2012 against England. There has been only one longer streak for India without a defeat at home. Between January 1977 and February 1980, India did not lose a single Test out of the 20 matches they played at home.

MOST RUNS IN A TEST SERIES BY AN INDIAN BATSMAN

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Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar's record is under threat from Kohli. Gavaskar, in his debut Test series, had amassed 774 runs in four matches at a mind-boggling average of 154.80 against West Indies and that too in their own backyard in 1970-71. Eight years later Gavaskar once again scored over 700 runs against the same opposition but this time on home soil. In the 1978-79 series in India, Gavaskar scored 732 runs in six matches at 91.50, which is also a record for most runs by an Indian captain in a series.

Kohli's best series so far came in Australia in 2014-15 when he hammered 692 runs in four matches with four hundreds at an average of 86.50. In the ongoing series against England, Kohli has already scored 640 runs at 128.00 with two centuries and a double hundred to his credit. He needs just 135 more runs to surpass Gavaskar and hold the record for scoring the most runs by an Indian batsman in a Test series.

Another 47 runs and Kohli will establish a new record of most runs in international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) by an Indian in a calendar year. Rahul Dravid had made 2626 runs in 53 matches in 1999. Virat has so far aggregated 2580 runs in just 36 matches in 2016.

CAN KOHLI EQUAL DHONI'S RECORD OF A 4-0 SERIES WIN?

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India's 4-0 whitewash over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar series in 2012-13 was the first instance when they had won by that margin in a Test series, which came under Dhoni's leadership. India currently have an unassailable lead of 3-0 over England and another win in Chennai would see Kohli equal Dhoni's record and become the second Indian captain to record a 4-0 series victory in Test cricket.

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