Indian batsmen fought back against Australian at MCG led by Kohli and Rahane in chase of Australia’s mammoth score of 530. In this succession, the India batsmen allowed in recording of quite few records and stats.

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

–> Ajinkya Rahane became first batsman from Asia to score three 50+ scores in a Test series at No.5 position on Australian Soil.

–> Virat Kohli became only the second Indian to score Three Centuries in a Test series in Australia after Sunil Gavaskar (1977/78).

Virat Kohli is only the 10th batsman from visiting team to score 3 or more centuries in a Test series in Australia. H Sutcliffe and WR Hammond of England have 4 centuries in series; most by any visiting batsman.

Also, Virat Kohli became the first ever visiting batsman to score three centuries in a 4 match Test series in Australian soil.

–> Ajinkya Rahane become only the third Indian after Vinoo Mankad and Gundappa Viswanath to score Test Centuries at Lord’s and at MCG and first Asian batsman to score Centuries at both venues in same Calendar year.

–> Kohli’s third century in this series turned to be the fifth century for India in this series. 6 centuries are the highest by a Visiting Team in a 4 match Tests series in Australia, which was also by India in 2003/04.

–> 262 run stand between Kohli and Rahane was the highest for any wicket in MCG for India. This was the first double century stand for any wicket by an Asian team and first double century stand for a visiting team in last 90 years at the MCG.

It was only the fourth double century stand for India in Australian soil and the 262 stand is the third best in Australia after 353 (by Sachin-Laxman) and 303 (by Dravid-Laxman) which came in 2003/04 tour.

This was also the third best stand for India for 4th wicket against Australia, anywhere. In overall fourth highest stand for 4th wicket.

–> Virat Kohli scored his first 150+ score in Test cricket; his second in internationals and only the fourth in First Class career.

–> Virat Kohli’s 169 was the third highest score for a visiting team batsman at MCG since 1980. Other two are by Vivian Richards 208 in 1983/84 and Virender Sehwag 195 in 2003/04.

–> Virat Kohli scored all his 169 runs on Day 3, which was third most by an Indian batsman in a single day against Australia. Only Sehwag’s 195 and Dhawan’s 185 stand ahead of Kohli.

–> For the 5th time in their Test History, India managed to score 400+ totals in three consecutive Test matches of same series outside Asia. Last time came in New Zealand in 2009. This was the Second time in Australia.

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