Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s dream run continued at Syndey, as he smashed yet another Ton against the hosts in this series and kept breaking records. On an eventful day, Indian batsmen gave an era to occurrence of few stats & records.

Here are the Statistical Highlights during 3rd Day’s play:

–> Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty in 10 Test innings. His last fifty (72) came against New Zealand in February, 2014.

–> KL Rahul & Rohit Sharma shared a stand of 97 runs for 2nd wicket, the highest in last 22 innings. The last time an India Test innings had a Century for second wicket was in December, 2013 against South Africa at Durban during first innings of Test match between M Vijay and C Pujara (157).

–> KL Rahul became 77th Indian to score a Test Century. Kohli’s century later in the day’s play was 444th Century for India in Tests.

–> KL Rahul became the first player from Karnataka to score an International Century for India since Rahul Dravid who scored a century (117) in November, 2011 against West Indies at Kolkata (Dravid’s last International Century).

–> KL Rahul became the 2nd youngest Indian batsman to score an overseas century since 2000s. Youngest was Ajay Ratra, who scored against West Indies at St John’s in May 2002 at age of 20 years 150 days.

–> Only three Indian batsman managed to score their maiden century in their 3rd Test innings before KL Rahul. Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar and R Ashwin were those three players.

–> KL Rahul became the fourth Indian batsman to score Maiden Century in Second Test match of career after Pankaj Roy (Dec 1951), Sunil Gavaskar (Mar 1971) and Sanjay Bangar (Feb 2002).

–> KL Rahul became first Indian opener to play 250 balls in an innings in Australia after Ravi Shastri (477 balls) in 1992 also came at Sydney.

KL Rahul faced 262 balls during his innings of 110, becoming the fourth Indian opener to face 250 deliveries in an innings in Australia after Sunil Gavaskar (4 times), Vinoo Mankad and Ravi Shastri.

–> Virat Kohli became only the first Indian and Asian to score Four Centuries in a Test series in Australia.

He is only the 3rd Visiting batsman to score four centuries in a series in Australia; first batsman in last 80 years. Other two Visiting batsmen to score Four centuries are H Sutcliffe (1924/25) and WR Hammond (1928/29) of England. He is the only visiting batsman to score at least three centuries in a 4 match Test series in Australian soil.

–> Virat Kohli becomes the 7th batsmen & 2nd Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to score Four Centuries in a 4-match Test series. Virat Kohli also became the only the 3rd Visiting Batsman & 1st Asian to score 4 Centuries in Single Series in Australia.

–> This century was Kohli’s 5th Century in Australia, jointly fourth most Century scorer in this country & only the 2nd Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, who has 6 Tons.

–> Virat Kohli became the First ever player in Test cricket history to score three centuries in first three innings as Captain.

–> Virat Kohli as a Test team Captain, has the highest aggregate of runs in his first three innings. He scored 396 runs (115, 141 and 140*) with his present innings to be resumed tomorrow. Next players in this list are, Sunil Gavaskar with 356 runs (For India, 116, 35* and 205) and Steven Smith with 353 runs (For Australia, 133, 28 and 192).

–> Virat Kohli, also became the 6th player to score Centuries in their first two Test matches as Test Captain.

Other Captains were:

1. Jackie McGlew (For South Africa, 104* & 133 against England in 1955)

2. Vijay Hazare (For India, 164* and 155 & 6 against England in 1951-52)

3. Sunil Gavaskar (116 & 35* against New Zealand in January 1976 and 205 & 73 against West Indies in December 1978)

4. Alastair Cook (For England, 173 and 109* against Bangladesh in 2009-10)

5. Steven Smith (For Australia, 133 & 28 and 192 against India in 2014-15).

–> For the first time in a Test series ever, 2 individual Batsmen scored 4 Centuries in the same series. Virat Kohli for India and Steven Smith and Australia scored 4 centuries each in 9 innings they played.

–> Kohli took over Rahul Dravid’s record as most run scorer for India in a series in Australia. He is only the 4th Indian to score 600 runs in a series.

List of most runs scorers in a single series:

Player

Matches

Innings

Not outs

Runs Scored

Best

Average

100s

50s

Series

Sunil Gavaskar

4

8

3

774

220

154.80

4

3

India in West Indies Test Series, 1970/71

Sunil Gavaskar

6

9

1

732

205

91.50

4

1

West Indies in India Test Series, 1978/79

Dilip Sardesai

5

8

0

642

212

80.25

3

1

India in West Indies Test Series, 1970/71

Virat Kohli

4

7

1

639

169

106.50

4

1

Border-Gavaskar Trophy (In Australia), 2014/15

Rahul Dravid

4

8

3

619

233

123.80

1

3

Border-Gavaskar Trophy (In Australia), 2003/04

Rahul Dravid

4

6

0

602

217

100.33

3

1

India in West Indies Test Series, 1970/71

–> Kohli, now has 639 runs in the series; 8th most and 11th player to score 600+ runs as a Visiting batsman in Australia. He needs 71 more to become only the 5th Visiting batsman to score 700+ runs in Australia.

–> Virat Kohli is now only the 3rd captain after D Gower (1985) & BC Lara (1999) to score three 100s against Australia (anywhere).

He is also the first Asian to score Three Centuries as Captain outside home in a Test series.

–> Kohli’s fourth century in this series turned to be the Seventh Individual century for India in this series, only the Third Time a visiting team managed to score this many Centuries on Australian soil in a single series.

–> 7 Centuries by Indians were most centuries recorded by a visiting team in a 4-match Test series on Australian Soil. Previous best was 6 centuries, which was also by India in 2003/04 and by South Africa in a 3-match series in 2012.

–> Virat Kohli completed his 10 Centuries in Test Cricket only to become the 3rd fastest Indian to do so. V Sehwag was fastest to score 10 centuries in just 55 innings whereas Kohli, scored in 58 innings jointly with M Azharuddin (Lesser number of Tests than Kohli).

–> Suresh Raina recorded his 7th duck in his 30th innings. Second worst record for a recognized batsman from Indian after Pankaj Roy who had 7 ducks after 24 innings. Also, Suresh Raina’s Duck was India’s 888th Duck in Test cricket.

–> Nathan Lyon bowled first No Ball of his Test career. He had bowled 9067 deliveries without a No Ball.

–> Shane Watson picked up two wickets during Indian innings. This is the first time in 16 innings where he picked up more than a wicket in a Test innings. Last time it was in November, 2011 vs South Africa at Cape Town, where he picked up a Five wicket haul.

 

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