Apart from the race for the top Test spot, there are more to look forward to in the two-Test match series between India and South Africa. VVS Laxman (6993) is all set to become the fifth Indian batsman to aggregate 7000 runs or more in Tests. Only Sachin Tendulkar (13,234), Rahul Dravid (11395), Sunil Gavaskar (10122) and Sourav Ganguly (7212) have made more runs than Laxman.
Mark Boucher (491 - 469 catches + 22 stumpings in 130 Tests) requires nine dismissals to become the first wicketkeeper to complete 500 dismissals in Test annals. As and when he accomplishes the feat and having already completed 5,000 runs (5029), he would be the first wicktkeeper to register the double of 5,000 runs and 500 dismissals.
With seven dismissals in the two-Test series, Boucher (43 in 10 Tests) is all set to become the first wicketkeeper to complete 50 dismissals in India-South Africa Tests.
Gautam Gambhir, with one fifty, is all set to create cricket history. He would become the first batsman in Test annals to make fifty-plus innings in twelve consecutive Tests..
Graeme Smith (97 in 73 Tests) needs three catches to become the first South African skipper and the second in Test history to complete a century of catches. New Zealand's Stephen Fleming is the only captain with 100 catches or more in Tests - 132 in 80 Tests.
Harbhajan Singh (345 wickets in 81 Tests) requires seven wickets to become the third Indian bowler to complete 350 wickets or more in Tests and to join Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434).