New Delhi, Sep 14: As India and New Zealand will lock horns for the three-match Test series in India several Test records are waiting to be broken.
Both the teams are studded with match winners, who are expected to light up a challenging Test series, when two best Test playing nations would collide to cement their supremacy in the longer format of the game. (Kohli is a 'great player': Williamson)
The first Test between the two sides starts September 22 at Kanpur's Green Park stadium.
Here are a few records that might tumble during the Test series:
R Ashwin has a chance to become fastest Asian bowler to claim 200 Test wickets:
During Test series against West Indies, a wet outfield in the final Test match denied Ravichandran Ashwin a opportunity to equal a major Test record of becoming the fastest bowler to get 200 Test wickets.
Had the match between India and West Indies not washed out, Ashwin would have equalled Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 200 wickets in 36 Tests. With 36 Tests Ashwin now has 193 wickets under his belt.
But, the off-spinner has a chance to become the fastest Asian bowler to do so, a record presently held by Pakistan's Waqar Younis who achieved this milestone in 38 Tests. If Ashwin gets 7 wickets in the first Test he'll surpass Younis' record to become fastest Asian bowler.
Most centuries by a Kiwi batsman in Tests:
Most centuries slammed by a Kiwi batsman is 17, a record held by legendary New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe. Kane Williamson (14) and Ross Taylor (15) have an opportunity to surpass Crowe's record and become most successful New Zealand batsman, in terms of Test centuries.
Both Williamson and Taylor are in supreme form with the bat and their performance against spin is also impressive. Hence, there isn't an iota of doubt if both these batsmen slam two or more centuries in the upcoming series.
First Test series win for New Zealand in India:
New Zealand have never won a Test series against India, therefore improving his side's record on India soil would be definitely in the mind of 26-year-old skipper Kane Williamson.
Since 1955, the Kiwis have toured India 10 times for a Test series, but not on a single occasion have they managed to beat hosts in their own backyard.
Kiwis have managed to draw Test series against India on two occasions, though.
Thus, fairing this record and becoming the first New Zealand captain will be what Williamson would be hoping for.
Most consecutive Test series wins since captaincy debut for Virat Kohli:
Eversince he took over the reigns of Test squad from MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli has won three Test series for India. First defeating Sri Lanka 2-1 in their home; second beating South Africa 2-0 at home; and third thrashing West Indies 2-0 in the Caribbean, Kohli's captaincy record is just impressive.
Ajit Wadekar, Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni won three consecutive Test series from their captaincy debut. Kohli too has won 3 back-to-back Test series as India's captain.
The aggressive India skipper, thus, would be eyeing to win his fourth consecutive Test series win eversince becoming India's permanent Test captain. No, Indian captain has won four consecutive Test series ever since his debut as captain.
India's biggest series win over New Zealand:
India registered their biggest ever seris win over New Zealand way back in 1968, when the Indian side led by Nawab Pataudi defeated hosts 3-1 to clinch the series. But the Indian side has never whitewashed or won the series against Kiwis with a bigger margin.
But, looking at the kind of form Indian bowlers, especially spinners, Virat Kohli and Co. have a fair chance of winning the series 3-0 and continue their dominance over New Zealand.
Also, India had a forgettable previous tour to New Zealand in 2014 when the MS Dhoni-led side lost both ODI and Test series in the island nation.