Australia vs India, 2018-19: 3rd Test – Statistical Preview

Australia vs India, 2018-19: 3rd Test – Statistical Preview

All the key stats and numbers that matter ahead of the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Australia will be taking on India in the crucial Boxing Day Test in Melbourne coming from a huge 146-run win in Perth to square the series. The defeat did force India to make changes to their combination and playing XI. They have dropped both the openers and will hand a debut to Mayank Agarwal. Some crucial changes are also made to Indian line-up as they aim to win this game and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The hosts have brought in Mitchell Marsh who will provide them with an extra bowling option.

All the key stats and numbers that matter ahead of the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne:

0 – Number of times India defeated Australia in a Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. India featured in seven such Test matches losing in five of them. Their first ever appearance in an MCG Boxing Day in 1985 and the previous one in 2014 ended in a draw. They lost all five matches they played between 1991 and 2011 at the MCG.

6 – This Test match in Melbourne will be the first for India where as many as six players in the playing XI have scored a first-class triple century. The Saurashtra boys Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have three 300s apiece in FC cricket while Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant have one FC triple each.

6 – Number of times India lost while chasing a target in 2018. Their six Test defeats while chasing this year are the most for any team in a calendar year with no other team losing more than four times in a year. The chasing teams in Test cricket have a win-loss record of 5-26 in 2018 which is the worst in any calendar year.

7 – India has lost seven Test matches in 2018 which are joint-most for them in a calendar year. They lost seven Tests in 1959 and 1983 where they played 9 and 18 Tests respectively.

Virat Kohli has got three centuries in those seven defeats. He now has six centuries as Test captain in losing cause; the most by any captain in Test defeats.

102 – Virat Kohli’s batting average in his last five innings against Australia at the MCG. His previous five scores against the Aussies across all formats in MCG read 59*, 117, 9, 54 and 169.

409 – Runs Rohit Sharma scored in International cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; the most he aggregated for India at any venue outside Asia. He scored those runs in eight innings at an average of 58.42 with two hundreds and a fifty. However, Rohit is yet to feature in a Test match at the MCG.

969 – Runs Rohit Sharma has aggregated while batting at No.6. He scored those in 23 innings with three centuries and five fifties at an average of 53.83. Only four players have aggregated more runs at a better batting average than Rohit at this position in Test cricket.

23891 – Rohit Sharma needs 109 runs to complete 24000 professional runs (6494 in FC, 9696 in List A and 7701 in T20) while Rishabh Pant (4964) is 36 runs away from completing 5000 runs in his professional career (2209 in FC, 879 in List A and 1876 in T20).