Virat Kohli‘s India finally won a test series in Australia. India played their maiden test series against Australia in 1947-48. Since then it took 71 years for India to win a test series on Australian soil.
India won their first test match in Australia during the 1977-78 tour, after 30 years of visiting Australia. Then it took another 41 years to manage the maiden test series victory. Between 1981 and 2004, India couldn’t win a single test match and Sourav Ganguly’s team came close to winning a series in January 2004. This maiden test series victory has been a record maker and breaker for Indian cricket team and the players. Let’s have a look at the most important records that have been made during the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar test series in Australia.
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- India won the four-match test series 2-1 and became the first Asian side to defeat Australia in Australia after 31 Test series played by Asian countries. Till date, India and Pakistan both have played 12 test series in Australia. Sri Lanka have played 6 and Bangladesh just 1.
- India also became the first visiting team to declare in three consecutive innings against Australia in Australia. This fact certainly shows how impactful the win is even if the 2-1 result doesn’t show the historic importance.
- This is for the first time in more than 130 years that an Australian batsman couldn’t produce a hundred in a home test series. Australia’s highest individual total came Marcus Harris who scored 79 in Sydney.
- Player of the tournament Chesteswar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series. While scoring these runs he surpassed Rahul Dravid in terms of facing the most number of balls by an Indian in a test series in Australia. Pujara faced 1258 balls and crossed Dravid’s 1203 balls in 2003-04 series, Virat Kohli’s 1,093 balls in 2014-15 and Sunil Gavaskar’s 1,032 balls in 1977-78. He also surpassed England legend Herbert Sutcliffe who faced 1237 balls in the 1928-29 Ashes.
- Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become India’s leading run-getter in overseas tests in a calendar year with 1138 run in 2018. He surpassed Dravid’s score of 1137 runs in 2002. Currently, he is third on the list with Viv Richards from West Indies (1154) and Graeme Smith from South Africa (1212) ahead of him. Besides Dravid, Kohli also surpassed Mohinder Amarnath (1065) and Sunil Gavaskar (918) to top the Indian list. During the Adelaide test, Kohli became the fastest to score 1000 test runs for India in Australia. With the 6th ton in Australia, Kohli now equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian on Australian soil.
- Virat Kohli became the second fastest batter in the history of test cricket to score 25th hundred in 127 innings with Don Bradman ahead of him who took 68 innings to score 25 test tons.
- Virat Kohli became the only Indian test captain to score 2000 test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.
- Mayank Agarwal’s 76 runs on the Boxing Day made him the top scorer debutant Indian batter as he crossed Dattu Phadkar’s 51 during the first test series in 1947-48. The innings also made Mayank the second highest scorer Indian opening batsman on test debut overseas with Sudhir Naik topping the list with his knock of 77 in England in 1974. Mayank pushed Gavaskar in the third position in the same list who scored 67 runs in West Indies on his test debut in 1971.
- With his century in Sydney Rishabh Pant added numerous records in his name as a wicketkeeper-batsman. His 100 off 137 balls is the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper on Australian soil. Last time it was Farokh Engineer who scored 89 at Adelaide in 1967. Inevitably this is also the first century by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia.
- Pant surpassed MS Dhoni to score the highest runs by an Indian wicketkeeper in an overseas test. Dhoni scored 148 runs against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. This is also the third-highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper ever. MS Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013 is the highest so far followed by Budhi Kunderan’s 192 against England in 1964.
- Rishabh Pant became the only Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the SENA (South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia) countries.
- Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten knock of 159 is also the highest by an Asian wicketkeeper and this record was previously held by Mushfiqur Rahim from Bangladesh who scored 159 runs against New Zealand in 2017 at Wellington.
- During the first test match in Adelaide, Pant took eleven catches and overtook Wriddhiman Saha’s record of 10 catches (Capetown, 2018) in a test match Rishabh Pant is now holding the record of most catches in a test match as wicketkeeper jointly with Russell and AB de Villiers.
- Kuldeep Yadav got his second five-wicket haul in tests and this was his first against Australia. He became the fifth Indian bowler to get a fifer in Australia. His bowling figure of 5 for 99 is also the best for any Indian spinner in Australia since 2008. With this became the second left-arm wrist spinner to achieve the feat in Australia. Before him, it was England’s Johnny Wardle who achieved the same in 1955 at the same venue with the figure of 5 for 79.
- Jasprit Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to record a five-wicket haul in his name in South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year. He also now holds the record of the most test wickets by an Indian in his debut year with 48 wickets. In this journey, he surpassed Dileep Doshi (40 in 1979) Venkatesh Prasad( 37 in 1996) is on Naremdra Hirwani (36 in 1988) and Sreesanth (35 in 2006). Currently, he is third on the all-time list with Curtly Ambrose(49 wickets in 1988), and Terry Alderman(54 in 1981) ahead of him. Bumrah’s 9/48 in Melbourne is also the best figure by any Indian pacer ahead of Kapil Dev with 8/109 in Adelaide.