With already three down in the series, India have just pride to play for in the fourth Test against England at the Kennington Oval. And it just might be their chance to get some records straight. India and England have played 10 Tests at The Oval since 1936 and the visitors have lost two Tests there. They have drawn seven and won one Test against England.
Rahul Dravid: India's only man in form on this tour has some outstanding record at The Oval. As compared to his career average of 52.56, he averages 94.66 there. He has played 2 Tests there and scored 284 runs. He scored 216 runs in 2002 Test and in the last Test played there in 2007, Dravid scored 55.
In case of a century at The Oval, Dravid would be recording three hundreds in a Test series for the second time against England in England. In the 2002 Test series in England, he had recorded three centuries in consecutive innings - 115 at Nottingham, 148 at Leeds and 217 at The Oval. In the present series, he has recorded 103 not out at Lord's and 117 at Trent Bridge.
VVS Laxman: The wristy batsman also has impressive records at The Oval. He, too, has played 2 Tests and scored 137 runs at an average of 68.50 vis-Ã -vis his career average of 46.64. After scoring 40 runs in 2002, Laxman made 51 and 46 runs in 2007. So expect some wristy flicks from this Hyderabadi batsman.
Sachin Tendulkar: The master batsman's average of 39.50 at The Oval is far below his career of 56.25. Sachin has strangely been off-colour on this tour of England. But he can take heart and inspiration from his last knock of 82 runs at this ground. Having played 3 Tests here, Sachin has scored 158 runs. So is it time to surpass his previous best? And in case a century, Sachin would be recording his 100th international hundred apart from becoming the first to register 30 overseas hundreds.
Virender Sehwag: The flamboyant Indian opener has played just one Test here, in 2002. And that's hardly memorable. He had scored just 12 runs. May be it's time he made the necessary amendments.
MS Dhoni: The Indian skipper might just feel a lot better when he takes field at The Oval. In 2007, Dhoni had scored 92 and 36 runs. That takes his average to 64.00 runs. But that's not all. There are more milestones approaching for 'Captain Cool'.
Dhoni (196 - 171 catches + 25 stumpings in 60 Tests) needs three dismissals to overtake Syed Kirmani's tally of 198 dismissals in 88 Tests. Dhoni, in case of four dismissals, would become the first Indian and the 13th in Test annals to complete 200 dismissals.
Dhoni is all set to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete the double of 3000 runs and 200 dismissals in Tests.
Praveen Kumar: The pacer from Meerut (199 wickets at an average of 23.44 in 44 matches) requires just one wicket to complete his 200 in first-class cricket.
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