Australia vs India 3rd Test Melbourne: Captain Virat Kohli has been in phenomenal form with the bat but as a captain one feels he is still getting there. India could have become the No 1 side in the world under the leadership of Kohli, but one has to understand they played a lot of matches in their home soil, where they are usually unbeatable. If India repeats a Perth at Melbourne Virat Kohli’s India could overhaul an unwanted 35-year-old Test record for India. The defeat on MCG will be India’s eighth in 2018 – two against the Proteas, four against England and one in Australia – and that will mean the nation will overhaul its most Test losses in a calendar year – surpassing the record set in 1959 and 1983. Sunil Gavaskar was the Indian Test captain in 1983, whereas Kapil Dev was the captain in the limited overs cricket.

Earlier, Kohli’s India created history by winning at Adelaide by 31 runs. It was India’s first win in Australia since their Perth victory in 2008 and was also their sixth ever Test win in the country. The visitors were leading the series 1-0 for the first time ever in Australia, but they squandered the lead at Perth by losing the Test by 46 runs.

A lot will bank on Kohli as he has been among the runs in Australia as he registered his 26th Test ton at Perth but it went in vain. India would dearly hope he gets among the runs again.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was seen bowling in the nets during the net session on Sunday ahead of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. It is good news from India’s point of view that Pandya is feeling good about himself after landing in Australia. He was out of cricket after he picked up an injury during the Asia Cup earlier this year. Now, that he is back, he could provide a wonderful balance to the Indian set up, but it seems highly unlikely that he will straightaway be slotted in the XI for the all-important 3rd Test.