Team India is on the verge of creating history in Australia. Virat Kohli & Co. beat the hosts by 137 runs in the penultimate game of the four-match series to go 2-1 up. The win also helped India retain the Border-Gavaskar series.
It was a clinical effort from India as they outplayed the hosts in each department to bounce back from the defeat in the second Test. Batting first, India had piled up 443 for 7 before reducing the hosts to a paltry 151. India then set the hosts an improbable target of 399 before bowling them out for just 261.
With the momentum on their side, the visitors will be looking to make the most of it. The visitors just need a draw to win the series. In case they manage to draw or win the game, the current side will end India’s long wait for a Test series win in Australia. India have never managed to win a Test series Down Under and they now have a golden opportunity to end the long wait.
Meanwhile, a win in Sydney will also help Kohli become the most successful Indian skipper in away matches. Kohli has led India to 11 victories outside India and is currently tied with Sourav Ganguly for the record. Remarkably, Kohli took only 24 games to win 11 games outside India while Ganguly took 28 for the same. On the other hand, MS Dhoni had managed to win just six games in 30 overseas Tests, while Rahul Dravid had won five in 17.
The current skipper also leads the way in terms of having the best win percentage among Indian captains in Test cricket. He has won 26 out of the 45 matches he has captained to take his winning percentage to 57.78. Dhoni is second in the list with 27 wins out of 60 Tests and a win percentage of 45.
The fourth and final Test will get underway on January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.