Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team created history as they won the Melbourne Test by 137 runs to take an historic 2-1 series lead in the four-match series. Jasprit Bumrah’s nine wickets in the match, which included his career best haul of 6/33 in the first innings, was the key factor in India’s win along with Cheteshwar Pujara’s century in the first innings on a difficult pitch. With this win, India has retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and they will be desperate for a favourable result in Sydney and win a series Down Under for the first time ever. Following the win in Melbourne, the Indian cricket team achieved plenty of records. Here are some snippets of the records broken by the players and the team.
41- First time since the 1977/78 series that India have won two Tests in a series in Australia. In that series, India won in Melbourne and Sydney but lost in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to lose the series 2-3.
37- India have registered a win in Melbourne for the first time since 1981, when Kapil Dev took 5/28 with an injured groin to bowl Australia out for 83 in pursuit of 143.
3 – This was India’s third victory in Melbourne. They won their first Test in Australia in 1977 when Bhagwath Chandrasekhar took 6/52 in each innings. Kapil’s exploits gave them their second win 1981.
4 – India secured their fourth win overseas in the same year, which is their best-ever. India has won in Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and now Melbourne in 2018. Their previous best was three in 1968, when India won three Tests in New Zealand.
3 – Number of five wicket hauls for Jasprit Bumrah and all has come on away tours. He is the first Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year.
48 – Number of wickets for Bumrah in his debut year, which is the most by an Indian, breaking the record of 40 set by Dilip Doshi in 1979. Overall, it is the third-best by a pacer, behind Australia’s Terry Alderman who took 54 wickets in 1981 and 49 by West Indies’ Curtly Ambrose in 1988.
6 – Bumrah’s haul of 6/33 is the best-ever by an Indian at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, beating the previous record of 6/52 by Bhagwath Chandrasekhar.
20 – Number of catches by Rishabh Pant, which is the most ever by a wicketkeeper in a bilateral Test series. In his debut year, he has taken 42 catches, which is the joint-most with Australia’s former keeper Brad Haddin.
7 – Number of wins for India in Australia, which is their joint-most outside the sub-continent. India have won nine Tests in Sri Lanka while in England, they have won seven Tests but played 62 games there. They have also won seven Tests in West Indies.
11- Number of wins for Virat Kohli as skipper in overseas Tests, which is level with Sourav Ganguly. A win in Sydney will make him India’s most successful captain overseas.
267 – Number of wickets taken by Ishant Sharma. He is now sixth in the all-time list and following the wicket of Nathan Lyon, he went past Bishan Singh Bedi’s wicket tally.
9 – Bumrah’s match tally of nine wickets is the best-ever by an Indian pacer in Melbourne, breaking Kapil’s record of 8/106 in the 1981 Test.