Stats: Melbourne Test set to carve another history for Team India
The third Test starts tomorrow, Boxing Day.
Updated - Dec 25, 2018 1:00 pm
India are yet to win a Test series against Australia in the latter’s own backyard. However, they were speculated to have a golden chance of changing the records as the hosts were without the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith, both of whom have been serving a year-long ban, meted out to them by Cricket Australia (CA) after the ball-tampering scandal back in March.
The first Test at Adelaide Oval turned out to be a joyous one for the visitors as they won by 31 runs courtesy of some stupendous all-round show. Cheteshwar Pujara turned out to be the difference between both the sides. He scored a century in the first innings. The knock was useful for the reason that it came at a time when India found themselves in a rabbit hole.
Another record for India
Nevertheless, Tim Paine and Co hit back with a 146-run victory at the new Perth Stadium. Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, scored his 25th century, but the batting masterclass couldn’t rescue India from a defeat. Australia’s win also meant that the hosts were able to draw level in the four-match series. The third Test is scheduled to start tomorrow at the iconic MCG in Melbourne.
In the meantime, the BCCI has announced the playing eleven for the encounter and the axe came down on Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul. The openers- Rahul and Vijay- have been awful in the series and their omission didn’t spring a surprise. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal is set to make his debut. Ahead of the contest, India also stands on the verge of a record.
All of Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja have a triple-century to their name in India’s first-class cricket. And it’s the first such instance in the history of Indian cricket. For the time being, Virat Kohli and his boys would be desperate to clinch the ascendancy back after the defeat in Perth.
Here are the details
The Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne will be the first for INDIA where as many as SIX players with a 300 in First-Class cricket will be part of the playing XI:
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 25, 2018