Team India opener Mayank Agarwal could go on to become the fastest Indian to 1000 Test runs when he walks out to bat in India’s maiden Day/Night Test starting on November 22 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The 28-year-old has amassed 858 runs in 12 innings so far at a scintillating average of 71.50 and is also coming into this match on the back of a breathtaking knock of 243 in the previous Test against Bangladesh at Indore. He needs 142 runs more to reach the landmark and rewrite the record which is currently being held by Vinod Kambli.
Kambli brought up his 1000th Test run in his 14th innings during India’s match against the West Indies played at his home ground, Mumbai, in 1994. So Agarwal will go on to break a 25-year-old record if he succeeds in getting the remaining 142 runs.
|Fastest Indians to 1000 Test Runs|
Apart from the players mentioned above, Vijay Hazare, Sandeep Patil, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sadagoppan Ramesh, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are some other players who deserve to be mentioned as all of them had reached the landmark in the 25th innings of their respective careers.
Agarwal would also equal Asutralian legend Don Bradman’s record for being the second fastest to 1000 Test runs overall if he gets the remaining runs in India’s first innings at Kolkata, which would also be the 13th innings of his Test career.
Fastest to 1000 Test runs overall
|Herbert Sutcliffe (ENG)||12|
|Everton Weekes (WI)||12|
|Don Bradman (AUS)||13|
|Neil Harvey (AUS)||14|
The Karnataka batsman also became the second fastest to score two double tons with his knock of 243 at Indore. He went past Bradman’s record of 13 innings to achieve the feat in 12 innings. Only Indian cricketer Vinod Kambli, who reached the landmark in just five innings, is ahead of him in the list.
The records don’t stop here for Agarwal as he has the most runs in Tests since the time he made his debut. His tally of 858 runs in 8 Tests is more than that of the likes of Steve Smith (774), Ben Stokes (694), Quinton de Kock (629), Ajinkya Rahane (626) and Rohit Sharma (603) during this period.
Agarwal has been in a splendid run of form and he would like to carry that forward into the historic Day/Night match beginning in Kolkata on Friday.