Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

India are taking on formidable Australia in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) Final at the Kennington Oval starting from today.

Team India put up consistent performances in WTC 2021-23 cycle by winning the Test series against New Zealand (1-0), Sri Lanka (2-0), Bangladesh (2-0), and Australia (2-1) to seal a spot in WTC Final 2023. The only series they lost was against South Africa in 2021-22.

The ongoing Final between both India and Australia will be a historical one as both the teams are searching for their first WTC title. The team that wins the ICC WTC mace will also become the first ever side to win all four major ICC Trophies of 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy.

The high-octane encounter also offers both the teams an opportunity to break multiple records. Let’s have a look at the top five milestones that has been reached or could be achieved during the marquee game.

Rohit Sharma’s feat

At the age of 36 years and 38 days, Rohit Sharma has become the oldest player to captain India in any major ICC tournament Final. Previously, women’s team captain Mithali Raj held the record when she led India in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Final at the age of 34 years and 232 days.

The Indian captain could also script history in the upcoming Test. In 459 innings in his career, Rohit has amassed 17,057 runs at an average of 42.74. He is currently India’s sixth-highest run-getter. He could well enter the top-five list in the marquee game. Rohit needs 36 more runs to eclipse MS Dhoni’s record who scored 17,092 runs during his career and is currently the fifth-highest run-getter in the Indian history.

David Warner’s record

David Warner has surpassed Michael Clarke and become the fourth-highest run-getter in International cricket for Australia. He needed just 31 more runs before the marquee game to surpass Clarke. However, he managed to score 43 runs as an opener in the first innings of the all-important match. Now, across 427 international innings for Australia, Warner has scored 17,125 runs.

Virat record awaited

India’s star batsman Virat Kohli has dominated the Aussie attack over the years. He has done well against them in all three formats. In 107 innings against Australia, Kohli has amassed a total of 4,945 runs at an impressive average of 50.9. Another 55 runs will make him only the second-ever player to accumulate 5,000 international runs against Australia. Only Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar (6,707) has scored more runs against Australia than Kohli.