India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: India captain Virat Kohli got to yet another milestone as India thrashed Australia by 137 runs to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Kohli joined former India captain Sourav Ganguly to become the most successful overseas captain for India. Both have led India to 11 overseas Test wins. This was also India’s first win at Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1981. MS Dhoni with six overseas wins to his name is on the second spot.
Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he took nine wickets for 86 runs in the match and was adjudicated the Man of the Match rightly, despite Cheteshwar Pujara slamming his 17th Test century. With the win, India retain Border-Gavaskar trophy, which means it’s coming home!
This is also India’s 150th Test win and they become the fourth ever team to do so. India finish 2018 on a high and as the World, No 1 Test side and Kohli is the numero uno batsman in Tests and ODIs. Kohli at the presser said that he is not done yet and they will not be satisfied with this, rather they would feel motivated going into the Sydney Test. India’s pacers have accounted for a total of 179 wickets across 14 Test matches in 2018; about 50 wickets more than any pace attack from Asia in a year.
The hosts will be looking to make amends for their poor performance in Melbourne with a stunning comeback in Sydney which has witnessed several emphatic wins for the home side over the years.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on the other hand, will be looking to build on the momentum and will leave no stone unturned to make it 3-1 at the SCG. The fourth and final Test starts on January 3, 2019.