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Mohammad Nabi (left) and Ravichandran Ashwin © Getty Images

12 countries will have played Test cricket the moment India and Afghanistan toss (there has been a 13th team, ICC World XI) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Afghanistan will be the most recent of these. 2018 will also be the second year in which two countries will make their Test debuts. England and Australia had both started in 1877 — which, of course, was the first ever Test.

3 countries will now play their 1st Test on Indian soil — India (1932-33 at Bombay Gymkhana), Pakistan (1951-52 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi), and Afghanistan (2018 at Chinnaswamy). Afghanistan are also the fourth country to play their first Test away from home, after England, West Indies, and Pakistan.

0 First-Class matches for Mujeeb Ur Rahman (also known as Mujeeb Zadran). In other words, he may make his First-Class debut in a Test. Mujeeb will be the 34th to do this, though only 5 of the previous 33 — Graham Vivian (New Zealand, 1964-65), Ujesh Ranchod (Zimbabwe, 1992-93), Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh, 2001-02), Yasir Ali (Pakistan, 2003-04), and Nazmul Hossain (Bangladesh 2004-05) — have done this since 1900.

1 wicket needed by Umesh Yadav to reach the 100-wicket mark in Test cricket. Umesh will become the 8th Indian pacer, 22nd Indian, and 185th overall to the milestone. He will also have a chance to go past Irfan Pathan (100).

1 wicket needed by Ravichandran Ashwin to go past Zaheer Khan. Zaheer and Ashwin, both tied on 311 Test wickets, share the joint-4th spot among Indians. They are behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417).

3 wickets needed by Ishant Sharma to go past Javagal Srinath (236) and reach 3rd spot among India fast bowlers, after Kapil (434) and Zaheer (311). If he takes 9 wickets he will go past Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (242) and claim 7th spot among Indians.

117 runs needed by Ajinkya Rahane to reach 3,000 Test runs. Rahane will become the 22nd Indian and 190th overall to the landmark.

198 runs needed by Murali Vijay to reach 4,000 Test runs. Vijay will become the 16th Indian and 127th overall to the landmark.

2 uncapped players in the Indian side — Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini. They may add to the list of India’s 290 Test caps.

88 Tests missed by Dinesh Karthik. He last played against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2010-11. Karthik will set a new Indian record of missing most Tests, going past Parthiv Patel’s 83 Tests. He will also reach the 6th spot on the all-time list, after Gareth Batty (142), Martin Bicknell (114), Floyd Reifer (109), Younis Ahmed (104), Derek Shackleton (103), and Les Jackson (96).