Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag feels that current Indian captain Virat Kohli will break the record of most runs by an Indian batsman in a single Test series against England.
Cricket news: Kohli has also inched closer to these two greats in terms of number of centuries in Tests
Kohli is just behind former captains Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar, who have 602 and 542 runs respectively in a single Test series against England.
At present Kohli has amassed 440 runs in three Tests and still has two more Tests to go. Sehwag always feels that if Kohli breaks the record, none of the greats would be unhappy.
Kohli has also inched closer to these two former greats of Indian cricket in terms of tons in longest format. He is at present tied with Sehwag with 23 centuries and has only Sachin Tendulkar (51), Dravid (36) and Gavaskar (34) ahead of him.
Speaking on IndiaTV’s show ‘Cricket ki Baat’, Sehwag said: “It’s not a danger to the greats (Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar). Instead, it’s a news of immense happiness if someone is about to break their record. It’s similar to the joy I felt when Karun Nair became the second triple-centurion for India after me. Gavaskar and Dravid too would feel the same way if and when Kohli breaks their records. I myself want him to do so because it will mean that he scores runs which in turn would culminate in India winning the series.”
India will next face England in the fourth Test which will be played at Rose Bowl, Southampton from August 30.
The visitors are currently 1-2 behind in the series and would love to win the remaining matches to script a memorable triumph on the British soil.
Kohli, who has scored two centuries and two half-centuries so far and has aggregated 200 runs twice in a single Test, would be India’s key man if they are to win against England.
“He made 97 and 103 in the last Test on a bowler-friendly pitch and therefore when he gets favourable batting conditions in the next two Tests, we can expect him to score not just a ton but a double-century. He has already hit 6 double hundreds in a year. So I expect him to score a double hundred and even possibly a triple as that is the only thing missing from his CV,” Sehwag, India’s only batsman to score two triple centuries, said.