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Virat Kohli 65

Virat Kohli needs only 65 more runs to reach 25,000 runs in international cricket. Kohli’s position is sixth among the all-time run chasers. Kohli has played 490 matches for India across all formats. Kohli has 74 centuries and 129 fifties in his account.

Cheteshwar Pujara 107

If he scores 107 more runs, Cheteshwar Pujara’s account will reach 2,000 runs against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar (3630) and V.V.S. Laxman (2434) and Rahul Dravid (2143) are the only batsmen ahead of Pujara. So far, Pujara has five centuries and 10 fifties at an average of 54.08 runs in 20 batting games against Australia.

Ashwin 1

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin nears his dream of 450 Test wickets. Ashwin will become only the ninth bowler in Test history to get one more wicket. If he takes one more wicket in the first Test, he will become the fastest player to achieve the feat. Ashwin has taken 449 wickets from 88 Tests.

Nathan Lyon 6

Nathan Lyon needs six more victims to complete his Test wicket century against India. Lion took 94 wickets in 22 games at an average of 34.75. If he completes 100, he will become the third bowler and the first Australian to achieve this feat against India. England’s James Anderson with 139 wickets in 35 Tests and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who took 105 wickets in 105 matches are Lion’s predecessors.

Steven Smith 1

Steven Smith needs one more century to match Sachin Tendulkar’s feat of nine centuries in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Since 1996-97, Sachin scored so many centuries in 34 Tests. Smith scored eight centuries from 28 innings in 14 Tests. Sachin has crossed the three-figure mark a total of 11 times against Australia. Sachin himself is ahead in the run chase against the Aussies.

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