India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has a lot to look forward to as the visitors gear up for the 3rd Test against Australia in Sydney, starting January 7. Rahane will be keen on coming up with another gritty show as a captain as India have a good opportunity to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the 4-match series.
It was Ajinkya Rahane who marshalled the troops wonderfully well in Melbourne as India recovered from a crushing defeat in Adelaide to bounce back and thrash Australia by 8 wickets in the 2nd Test. India were without Virat Kohli but Rahane stepped up and hit a match-winning hundred. India were without Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma but the bowling clicked as a unit to dismiss Australia for 195 and 200.
Ajinkya Rahane is now eyeing a few milestones. The Mumbai batsman can become only the second India Test captain to win his first 4 Tests as skipper. MS Dhoni achieved the feat after taking over from Anil Kumble in 2008.
Also, Ajinkya Rahane is bidding to become only the fifth India batsman to score 1000 or more runs in Australia. Rahane currently has 797 runs from 10 matches.
Sachin Tendulkar is on top of the list with 1809 runs and Virat Kohli behind him with 1352 runs in 13 matches. Kohli though will take no further part in the ongoing series as he has headed back home on paternity leave.
Most Test runs by Indian batsmen against Australia in Australia
Sachin Tendulkar: 1809 runs in 20 matches, 6 hundreds
Virat Kohli: 1352 runs in 13 matches, 6 hundreds
VVS Laxman: 1236 runs in 15 matches, 4 hundreds
Rahul Dravid: 1143 runs in 15 matches, 1 hundred
Virender Sehwag: 948 in 10 matches, 2 hundreds
Sunil Gavaskar: 920 runs in 11 matches, 5 hundreds
Ajinkya Rahane: 797 runs in 10 matches, 2 hundreds
Ajinkya Rahane is also closing in on becoming the 10th India batsman to score at least 3,000 runs in overseas Tests (AP Photo)
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane is also closing in on becoming the 10th India batsman to score at least 3,000 runs in overseas Tests. Rahane has 2891 runs in 40 matches away from home at an impressive average of 45.88. Sachin Tendulkar, as expected, is on top of the list with 8705 runs in 106 matches away from home.
Most Test runs by an India batsman away from home
Sachin Tendulkar – 8705 runs in 106 matches
Rahul Dravid – 7667 runs in 93 matches
Sunil Gavaskar – 5055 runs in 60 matches
VVS Laxman – 5014 runs in 74 matches
Sourav Ganguly – 4032 runs in 63 matches
Virender Sehwag – 3847 runs in 51 matches
Virat Kohli – 3760 runs in 48 matches
Dilip Vengsarkar – 3143 runs in 62 matches
Mohinder Amarnath – 3008 runs in 37 matches
Rahane – 2891 runs in 40 matches
INDIA LOOK TO END 42-YEAR WAIT
Unlike Melbourne, Sydney hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for India over the years. India have managed to win only 1 out of 12 matches played at the iconic venue and lost 6.
India’s last win at the SCG came in 1978 when a Bishan Bedi-led side thrashed Australia by an innings and 2 runs. India came close to inflicting another defeat against Australia at the SCG in the New Year’s Test of 2019. Virat Kohli’s men scored 622 and forced Australia, who were bowled out for 300, follow-on before rain played spoilsport and forced a draw.
Only England, Pakistan and West Indies have managed more than 1 win as a visiting side in Sydney against Australia. Pakistan are the only Asian side to win at least 2 matches at the SCG.