INDIA: Virat Kohli has reached a big goal by becoming the second-highest scorer against Australia in the history of international cricket. During India’s fourth and final Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test against Australia at Ahmedabad, Kohli passed the great West Indies player Brian Lara.
Kohli had been facing a half-century drought since January 2022, but he finally ended it in the final BGT test (he is still playing at 73* on the fourth day). Kohli has always had an impressive record against Australia, having scored 4,729 runs at an average of 50.84 in 89 matches and 104 innings.
He has also scored 15 centuries and 24 fifties against the Aussies, with his best individual score of 169.
Brian Lara, on the other hand, has scored 4,714 runs against Australia in 82 games and 108 innings, including 12 centuries and 26 fifties. Lara’s best individual score against the Aussies is 277.
The leading run-scorer against Australia is the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar has scored 6,707 runs at an average of 49.68 in 110 matches and 144 innings, including 20 centuries and 31 fifties against the Aussies. Tendulkar’s best individual score against Australia is 241*.
In the fourth and final Test against Australia at Ahmedabad, India ended the third day of play on a high note with a score of 289/3, thanks to a fantastic century from opener Shubman Gill and Kohli’s half-century.
Rohit Sharma (35) and Pujara (42) also made valuable contributions. Australia had been bundled out for 480 runs in their first innings, with Usman Khawaja scoring 180 and all-rounder Cameron Green scoring 114.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India, taking 6/91 on a surface that didn’t offer much help to spinners.