India vs England Statistical Preview 5th Test: Virat Kohli and Team India’s dream came to a premature end when they lost by 60 runs to England at Southampton. With the series already won by hosts England 3-1, what can the Kohli-led outfit look to achieve from the Oval Test? For starters, Virat Kohli has been the lone warrior for India in the series. Once he was in, team India looked a different unit and sans him, at the wicket, the visitors looked nothing short of how a minnow cricketing nation would look like.
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The India skipper already has 554 runs to his name in the series in four Tests, the highest run-getter of the series by far. He is just 88 runs shy of pipping Md Yousuf of Pakistan to become the highest run-getter against England on English soil. Mohammad Yousuf’s tally of 631 and recording the most runs in a Test series in England. That looks pretty much on the cards, given the form he is in.
The 29-year-old needs 59 runs to surpass Rahul Dravid’s record of 602 runs in England, which is the most by an Indian batsman in a Test series in England.
A win at Oval, which could happen, considering the batting friendly nature of the pitch, Kohli’s side will equal the mark set by MAK Pataudi-led India in 1968 of most Tests wins outside Asia. The current Indian team had won in Johannesburg in January and two weeks back in Nottingham.
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
England: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes.