Chennai, Dec 16: A record which has stood for 45 years could be broken during the 5th India-England Test at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The Test started today (December 16) with England captain Alastair Cook winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, to find out whether the long-standing Indian record is broken or not we have to wait. (India not invincible: Kohli)
In 1971, on his debut Test series, Sunil Gavaskar amassed 774 runs (4 matches, 8 innings) against West Indies on the Caribbean islands. It is still the highest aggregate by an Indian batsman in a series.
Now, captain Virat Kohli is on the verge of eclipsing that mark. With 640 runs so far in 4 matches, the Delhi right-hander needs 135 in Chennai Test to set a new record.
On current form, Kohli should break Gavaskar's record. He is the leading run scorer in the 5-match rubber, which the hosts have already won 3-0.
Most runs in a Test series for India
774 - Gavaskar (Vs West Indies in 1971)
732 - Gavaskar (Vs West Indies in 1978-79)
692 - Kohli (Vs Australia in 2014-15)
642 - Dilip Sardesai (Vs West Indies in 1971)
640 (after 4 Tests) - Kohli (Vs England in 2016)
Gavaskar's scores in 1971 Test series Vs West Indies (India won the series 1-0)
1st Test (Kingston): Did not play (Match drawn)
2nd Test (Debut) (Port of Spain): 65 and 67 not out (India won by 7 wickets)
3rd Test (Georgetown): 116 and 64 not out (Draw)
4th Test (Bridgetown): 1 and 117 not out (Draw)
5th Test (Port of Spain): 124 and 220 (Draw)
Total - 774 runs in 8 innings (4 100s, 3 50s, average - 154.80, highest score 220)
Kohli's scores Vs England in the current Test series (India lead 3-0)
1st Test (Rajkot): 40 and 49 not out
2nd Test (Visakhapatnam): 167 and 81
3rd Test (Mohali): 62 and 6 not out
4th Test (Mumbai): 235
5th Test (Chennai): Yet to bat
Total - 640 runs in 7 innings (2 100s, 2 50s, average - 128, highest score 235)