This will be the 13th Border-Gavaskar Trophy series © Getty Images
This will be the 13th Border-Gavaskar Trophy series © Getty Images

25th Test venue in India will be Maha/rashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The venue of first Test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will also be the 4th 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) .

64 runs needed for Virat Kohli to become the top run-getter from India in a season. Kohli has scored 1,206 runs in 2016-17 and by scoring 64 more, he will go past Rahul Dravid (1,241 in 2003-04) and Gautam Gambhir (1,269 in 2008-09). Moreover, if Kohli scores 82, then he will stand at the 2nd spot in the list of top run-getters in a season after Ricky Ponting’s (1,483 in 2005-06). With 82 more, Kohli will go past Matthew Hayden’s tally of 1,287 runs in 2005-06.

3 wickets needed for Ravichandran Ashwin to become the highest wicket-taker in a home season. With 61 wickets in 2016-17, Ashwin is currently second spot in the list after Kapil Dev (63 in 1979-80). Moreover, if he takes 5 wickets, then he will break the Indian record of most wickets in a season, currently held by Anil Kumble (64 in 2004-05). The overall record of highest wickets in a season is of 78 in 2007-08 by Dale Steyn.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s 61 wickets in this season has come at an average of 24.55 © AFP

51 needed for Mitchell Starc to complete 1,000 runs in Tests. He will become the 14th Australian to do the 1,000-run-100-wicket double in Tests. Starc also needs 7 wickets to complete the 150-mark in Tests. If he reaches both landmarks, he will become the 11th Australian to the 1,000-run-150-wickets double.

91st Test between India and Australia and 47th in India. Out of 46 so far at home, India have won 19 and lost 12. Overall, India have won 24 against Australia and lost 40. One more win for India against Australia will be their joint-most wins against any team. Currently, India have won most Tests against England — 25. If Australia win, it will be their 13th in India — the joint 2nd-most by any team against India in India. West Indies have won 14 Tests in India followed by England, 13.

1 more win will help India equal their record of most consecutive Test wins — 6. The previous instance came under MS Dhoni, between 2012-13 and 2013-14.

4 times India have crossed 700 in Tests. Another instance will put them at the top along with Sri Lanka (5). Australia and West Indies have also scored 700 on 4 occasions.

12 number of Border-Gavaskar Trophy series have been played between India and Australia. India have won 6 of them, Australia have 5 and one ended in draw. The only time Australia won this series in India was back in 2004-05. Since then, Australia played 10 Tests (across 3 series) but could not register a single win.

24 bilateral Test series have been played between these two teams, 13 of them were hosted by India and 11 by Australia. India have won 7 series out of 24, Australia 12 times and 5 ended in draws. All 7 series wins by India have come at home.

148 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 Dravid and Gautam Gambhir in 2008-09.

748 runs have been scored Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane as a pair in this season, the 2nd-most by any pair for the 4th wicket in a season after Michael Clarke and Ponting’s 972 in 2011-12.

9 centuries for Vijay in Tests, all of which have come as an opener. Of Indian openers, only Sunil Gavaskar (33) and Virender Sehwag (22) have more Test hundreds, while Gambhir also has 9. One more take Vijay past Gambhir.

24 five-wicket hauls for Ashwin, the 3rd-most by any Indian bowler after Kumble (35) and Harbhajan Singh (25) and joint-11th overall. Two more will take him past Harbhajan.

7 ten-wicket hauls for Ashwin, 2nd-most by any Indian bowler after Kumble (8) and joint-5th overall. One more will put him at par with Kumble. Muttiah Muralitharan (22), Shane Warne (10), and Richard Hadlee (9) are the only others ahead of Ashwin.

13 wickets needed for Ashwin to complete 200 Test wickets at home. He will become the 4th Indian bowler to achieve this after Kumble (350), Harbhajan (265) and Kapil (219). Ashwin will become the 19th bowler overall and 6th spinner to reach the landmark.

1 more century for Kohli will make him stand at the 2nd spot in the list of most hundreds by Indian Test captains, after Gavaskar (11). Kohli currently has 9, and is tied with Mohammad Azharuddin at No. 2. Kohli’s total of 16 centuries is also joint 8th-most among Indians with Sourav Ganguly. One more will make him go past Ganguly.

4 hundreds made by Kohli in 2016-17, the joint 2nd-most by any Test captain with Don Bradman (1947-48), Gavaskar (1978-79), Allan Border (1985-86), Graham Gooch (1990), Brian Lara (2003-04), Mahela Jayawardene (2007-08), Clarke (2011-12 and 2012-13) and Alastair Cook (2012-13). One more will make him stand at the 2nd spot in the list after Ricky Ponting (8 in 2005-06).

55 runs needed for Pujara to become the highest run-getter as No. 3 batsman in a home season. Pujara has scored 911 runs in 2016-17. Another 55 will make him go past Ponting (965 in 2003-04). Pujara will also go past Mohinder Amarnath (965 in 1982-83) in terms of most runs by a No. 3 Indian batsman in single season, and will stand at second spot in the list after Dravid (1,241 in 2003-04). Pujara has already scored 3 hundreds in this season at No. 3. This is the second time in his career that he made three centuries in a season, after 2012-13. Dravid has achieved this feat 5 times in his career. Mohinder is the only Indian with 4 hundreds in a season at No. 3, in 1982-83.

Cheteshwar Pujara averages 65.07 in 2016-17 season © AFP
Cheteshwar Pujara averages 65.07 in 2016-17 season © AFP

4 wickets needed for Ravindra Jadeja to complete 100 Test wickets at home. Jadeja will become the 11th Indian bowler to do so, 76th overall and 27th spinner to achieve this feat.

150 needed for Ashwin to complete 1,000 runs in Tests. He will become the 4th Indian to have the 2,000-run-250-wicket double after Kapil, Kumble and Harbhajan. Overall, Ashwin will become the 15th cricketer to achieve this double. He will also become the 37th Indian to score 2,000 runs.

76 needed for 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, Ravi Shastri, Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ashwin. Overall, Jadeja will become the 63rd cricketer to achieve this double.

161 needed for Wriddhiman Saha to complete 1,000 runs in Tests. On the other hand, KL Rahul needs 193 more to touch the 1,000-run mark. Whosoever gets there first will become the 64th Indian. Saha will also become the 6th Indian wicketkeeper to reach this milestone after Dhoni (4,876), Syed Kirmani (2,759), Farokh Engineer (2,611), Nayan Mongia (1,442) and Kiran More (1,285).

55 Tests missed by Abhinav Mukund since he last played for India. His played his last Test in 2011 against England. If Mukund gets to play he will become the 2nd Indian cricketer to miss more than 50 Tests, after Parthiv Patel (83).

8 more dismissals needed for Saha to complete 50 dismissals as wicketkeeper. He will become the 9th Indian wicketkeeper to reach this landmark.

3 more catches needed for Matthew Wade to touch the 50-catch mark as wicketkeeper. He will become the 12th Australian to do so.

2 uncapped players in the squad, one from each side: while Kuldeep Yadav is a Chinaman bowler, Mitchell Swepson bowls leg-breaks.

70 runs more and Steven Smith will to complete 1,000 runs against India. Similarly, David Warner needs 112 to reach the same landmark. Whosoever gets there first will become the 11th Australian to reach the landmark.

5 wickets will make Nathan Lyon the 5th Australian to take 50 wickets against India after Brett Lee (53), Richie Benaud (52), Glenn McGrath (51) and Mitchell Johnson (50). Overall, Lyon will become the 24th bowler to take 50 wickets against India.

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.