Virat Kohli is yet to touch 20-run mark in this series © IANS
Virat Kohli is yet to touch 20-run mark in this series © IANS

The fourth and final Test of the ongoing series between India and Australia will be played at the picturesque venue of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala. This will be the first Test to be played at this venue. The series is currently levelled at 1-1. A win for either team will decide the series winner. India have not lost an edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home since 2004-05; they have also not a home series since 2012-13 against England. So far, the series has been quite exciting and filled with plenty of intense moments, not all of which were memorable. Ahead of the series, we present some interesting numbers.

27th Test venue in India will be Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala. The venue of fourth Test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will also be the 6th new Test venue to be introduced in India since October 2016, after Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore (introduced against New Zealand); Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot; and Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam (both against England), Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, and JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi (both against Australia).

9.2 batting average of Virat Kohli in this series. This is the worst average for him in a Test series, as he is yet to touch 20-run mark. His scores in this series read: 0, 13, 12, 15 & 6. His previous worst average in a series was of 13.40 in England in 2014. If Kohli gets to bat only one innings in this Test, then he needs to score at least 35 more to avoid this as his worst series. And if he gets to bat in both the innings, then he needs to score at least 48 more (including both innings) to go past his worst average in a series.

18 needed for Wriddhiman Saha to complete 1,000 runs in Tests. Saha will become the 65th Indian to the landmark. He will also become the 6th Indian wicketkeeper to reach this milestone after MS Dhoni (4,876), Syed Kirmani (2,759), Farokh Engineer (2,611), Nayan Mongia (1,442) and Kiran More (1,285).

12 needed for Ravindra Jadeja to complete 1,000 runs in Tests. He will become the 10th Indian to the 1,000-run-100-wicket double after Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ravichandran Ashwin. Overall, Jadeja will become the 63rd cricketer to achieve this double.

371 runs scored by Steven Smith in this series, 2nd-most by an Australian captain in India. The highest is of 594 runs by Kim Hughes in 1979-80.

8 wickets needed for Nathan Lyon to complete 250 wickets in Tests. Lyon will become the 2nd Australian spinner and 13th overall to the landmark. Even if he takes 7, Lyon will go past Richie Benaud’s tally of 248 Test wickets and will take the second spot among the Australian spinners, after Shane Warne (708).

3 times have India won a Test series at home after it was levelled 1-1. The last such instance was against Australia in 2000-01. The other two were against South Africa in 1996-97 and New Zealand in 1988-89.

1 wicket needed for Ravichandran Ashwin to break the record of Dale Steyn for taking most wickets in a season. Steyn scalped 78 wickets 2007-08.

5 catches needed for Saha to complete 50 dismissals as wicketkeeper. He will become the 7th Indian wicketkeeper to reach this landmark.

46 runs needed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay to become the first Indian pair to add 1,000 runs in a season. They will also go past the 961-run record between Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir in 2008-09.

11 runs needed for Pujara to become the highest run-getter from India in a season. Pujara has scored 1,259 runs in 2016-17; those runs will take him past Gambhir (1,269 in 2008-09). Similarly, Kohli, currently on 1,252, needs 18 to go past Gambhir.

1 five-wicket haul needed for Ashwin to break Syd Barnes’ record for most five-fors in a season. Barnes scalped 7 five-wicket hauls in 1913-14. Ashwin will also go past Harbhajan’s tally of 25 five-wicket hauls, which will put him at 2nd spot among Indians, after Kumble (35).

4 fours needed for Pujara to break Virender Sehwag’s record for most fours in a home season. Sehwag hit 153 fours in 2004-05 and Pujara has 150 in 2016-17.

7 runs needed for Jadeja to complete 500 runs in 2016-17. Jadeja will become only the 3rd cricketer to score 500 and take 50 or more wickets in a season after Kapil (535 runs and 63 wickets in 1979-80) and Mitchell Johnson (527 and 60 in 2008-09). Jadeja has taken 67 wickets in this season. If he takes 3 wickets as well, he will be the 1st cricketer to score 500 runs and take 70 wickets in the same season.

92 runs needed for Ajinkya Rahane to complete 1,000 runs at home. He will become the 38th Indian batsman to achieve this feat.

2 more wickets needed for Umesh Yadav to complete 50 wickets at home. He will become the 25th Indian bowler to achieve this feat.

A win for either team will in the first Test not change their place in ICC Test rankings. India will remain No. 1 and Australia No. 2 irrespective of the result.