India vs West Indies 1st Test: Stats milestones nearing for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and others
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja

The first Test between India and West Indies starting Thursday in Antigua is the opening match for both teams in the new ICC World Test Championship, which began August 1 with the Ashes series in England.

Virat Kohli‘s team, ranked No 1 in Tests, resume playing the five-day format for the first time since January when it clinched a historic 2-1 Test series win on Australian soil.

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There are a few members of India’s Test squad who are nearing statistical milestones.

Kohli is two wins away from surpassing MS Dhoni to become India’s most successful Test captain. With 26 wins in 46 matches, Kohli is second to Dhoni who led India to 27 victories in 60 Tests. Should India win both the matches against West Indies, Kohli will go past Dhoni’s tally.

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Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja needs eight wickets to complete the mark of 200 in Tests. He has 192 wickets from 41 Tests, and if he gets eight more, Jadeja will become the tenth Indian bowler to 200. If he manages eight in the first Test, Jadeja will become the second-fastest Indian bowler to get to 200 after R Ashwin.

Ashwin, 32, has 342 wickets from 65 Tests. If he gets to 350, he will become the fourth Indian bowler to do so. Only Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh have crossed 350.

rishabh pant test career
Rishabh-Pant has 42 dismissals in nine Test matches. Getty

Rishabh Pant could become the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to 50 dismissals in Tests if he claims eight in the two matches against West Indies.


In nine Tests, Pant has 42 dismissals (40 catches, two stumpings). For India, the fastest to 50 dismissals is Dhoni who needed 15 Test matches.

If Pant holds eight dismissals in the first match versus West Indies, he will draw level with the existing world record of ten Tests. The quickest to 50 dismissals as Test wicketkeeper are Mark Boucher and Tim Paine, who each got there in ten Tests. England’s Jonny Bairstow reached the milestone in his tenth Test as wicketkeeper, though he played a few matches before that, not as wicketkeeper.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami needs six wickets to complete 150 in Test cricket. The 28-year-old has managed 144 from 40 Tests.

India’s spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is on 49 wickets after ten Tests. If he gets to 50 in his 11th Test, he will draw level with Narendra Hirwani as the second-fastest from India. Ashwin is the fastest Indian to 50 Test wickets, getting there in his ninth match.