Team India couldn’t have ended the year on a better note as they clinched a memorable win at the MCG. Virat Kohli and his men retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy as the visitors took a 2-1 lead in the 4-match Test series. Debutant Mayank Agarwal showcased his talent and proved why he belongs to this level. The opener made 76 and 42, aggregating a total of 118 runs in the Test.

Virat Kohli, Australia vs India 2018
Virat Kohli greets the crowd. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

India retain bragging rights

The match will be remembered for the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins. Both the pacers bowled their heart out and created breakthroughs for their respective units. But it was Bumrah who came out with flying colors, bagging nine wickets in the Test.

Records galore at the MCG as India retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
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Skipper Kohli isn’t taking things lightly. He aims to win it all in Sydney, the venue for the final Test match. Post the convincing 137-run victory, he said that India ticked all the three boxes in the game.”We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney. We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue.  he said.

Records galore at the MCG as India retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
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We will now take a look into the records that were created by the triumphant side at the MCG:

1- This is India’s first ever Test victory at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1981

1- Pacer Jasprit Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in each of Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.

4- Number of wins for India outside the sub-continent this year (Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and Melbourne), most for them in a calendar year

4- Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batsman to score 50+ in all of India’s four away wins in 2018 (Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and Melbourne).

6-Ishant Sharma is now the sixth highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket (267 wickets).

9- Number of wickets taken by Jasprit Bumrah at Melbourne- Most number of wickets for an Indian pacer in a Test match in Down-Under.

10- Mohammed Shami became the 10th Indian bowler to take 100 away wickets in Test matches.

11- Number of overseas Test wins for Virat Kohli as Indian captain in 24 matches, joint most with Sourav Ganguly.

20– Rishabh Pant has most number of dismissals in a Test series for India.

40– Ravindra Jadeja has bagged most wickets (189) by a left-arm bowler after 40 Tests.

150– This was India’s 150th Test win in the longest format of the game.


Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.