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Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captain

first_imgVirat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captainVirat Kohli is now the first-ever Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 12:41 IST India have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead over Australia in the four-match series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has the record of never losing a Test match after winning the tossVirat Kohli’s men now have the most away Test wins by an Indian team in a calendar yearJasprit Bumrah broke four bowling record with his magical spell of 9 for 86Virat Kohli is now the joint-most successful Indian Test captain in overseas conditions after Team India registered a historic win in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. With the win at the MCG, India have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain. On top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.Kohli had said that this year would be an extremely important one for Team India given the Tests away from home. While India put up some good performances (especially Kohli and the pacers), they failed to win series in South Africa and England. However, in Australia, Virat Kohli’s India came out all guns blazing to at least get them into a position from where they cannot lose the series now.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: REPORT | DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDHowever, Kohli is in no mood to let up and is already marshalling his troops for the final Test in Sydney, starting January 2.”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. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re ready for the final game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.advertisementTeam India achieved a plethora of records after the Boxing Day Test victory, here are all of them:Ishant Sharma has now taken the sixth most wickets for India in Tests. Ishant picked the last wicket of Nathan Lyon to wrap up the Boxing Day Test, which took his tally to 267 and he overcame Bishan Singh Bedi’s 266 wickets. He trails Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Ravichandran Ashwin (342) and Zaheer Khan (311).With four Test wins in 2018 away from home, Virat Kohli’s men now have the most away Test wins by an Indian team in a calendar year. The previous record was three Test wins, all in New Zealand, in 1968.Virat Kohli has never lost a Test match when he has won the toss. In the 21 Test matches he has won tosses in, he has won 18 of them while three ended in a draw. In the nine away Test matches he won the toss in, India won eight and drew one.Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batsman to register scores of 50+ in all of the four Test matches India have won in 2018 (Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and MCG)Rishabh Pant is the joint-most successful wicket-keeper in terms of dismissals inflicted in his debut year in Test cricket. Both Pant and Brad Haddin (2008) have 42 dismissals to their name in their debut year.Jasprit Bumrah’s 9 for 86 is the best-ever figures by an Indian pacer in Australia. He overhauled Kapil Dev’s 8 for 109 in Adelaide, 1985 and Ajit Agarkar’s 8 for 160 in Adelaide, 2003.Jasprit Bumrah has the most number of Test wickets (48) for an Indian in their debut calendar year while he is third in the overall list, behind Terry Alderman (54 in 1981) and Curtly Ambrose (49 in 1988).Rishabh Pant is the first Indian wicket-keeper to affect 20 dismissals (all catches) in a Test seriesJasprit Bumrah is the first Indian pacer to have taken nine wickets in a single Test match in AustraliaFor the second time in their history, India have won more than one Test match in a series in Australia. They previously won two in 1977-78 series.Jasprit Bumrah has taken the most number of wickets (48) among Indian pacers in the first nine Test matches of his career. Venkatesh Prasad is behind him with 40 wickets in the first nine.For Australia: This is their third worst collective batting averages in a year in the past 100 years. They finished 2018 with a collective batting average of just 26.03.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Virat Kohli shares dressing room photos after crushing AustraliaAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar thrilled with historic Boxing Day Test win: Incredible effort by IndiaAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests in Australia: 5 losses, 2 draws and finally a win! A recapAlso Read | Always dreamt of playing Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah after record-breaking 9-wicket hauladvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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