New Delhi: There is more at stake when India take on the West Indies at Roseau in India than a series win for the visitors and an equaliser for the hosts. A look at approaching milestones that may well be transgressed in the final Test beginning from Wednesday.
In case of a win in the third Test, India, for the first time, would be recording two wins in a Test series in the West Indies. With a victory or a draw, India would be recording two successive series wins for the first time in the West Indies. They had won the 2006 series by 1-0.
India, in case of a win or a drawn game, would be registering their third successive series win against the West Indies for the first time, having won the 2002-03 series by 2-0.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4959 at an average of 57.00 in 65 Tests) needs 41 runs to complete his 5,000 runs in the caribbean. Brian Lara is the only West Indian batsman to aggregate 5000 runs or more in the Caribbean - 6217 at an average of 58.65 in 65 Tests
Ishant Sharma, with 16 wickets at 13.62 runs apiece in two Tests, is all set to complete 20 wickets in a Test series for the first time.
Ishant, in case of three wickets in the third Test, would establish an Indian record for most wickets by a speedster in a Test series in the West Indies. Kapil Dev had taken 18 wickets at an average of 21.38 in four Tests in 1988-89.
The Windsor Park at Roseau, Dominica, would become Test cricket's 106th venue. West Indies have been defeated in all four ODIs played at this venue - two each to
Bangladesh in 2009 and South Africa in 2010.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2948 in 56 Tests) needs 52 runs to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 3,000 runs in Tests.
Rahul Dravid (6996 in 85 Tests at an average of 53.81) requires four runs to complete 7000 on foreign soil. His tally is the second highest in Tests, behind Sachin Tendulkar's 8145 (ave.56.95) in 98 Tests.
Harbhajan Singh (398 in 95 Tests) needs two wickets to become the eleventh bowler in the history of Test cricket to complete 400 wickets. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) are the two Indian bowlers to have recorded the feats.