Ahead of the New Year 2019, the Indian cricket team gifted the perfect present to its fans by thrashing Australia in the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs in Melbourne on Sunday. After the historic win, India lead the four-match Test series by 2-1 and the last match will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground.
World No.1-ranked India have now retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the first time in Australia.
India set up their victory with an imposing first-innings tally of 443/7, which was scored in almost two days of batting on a slow-paced pitch. Cheteshwar Pujara's patient 106 included a 170-run stand with Kohli (82) for the third wicket.
In reply, Australia crumbled for 151 as Bumrah claimed 6/33. India's second innings of 106/8 declared gave the touring team a 398-run advantage. The hosts could only manage to score 261 runs.
With the win, the Indian players set a lot of records. Take a look here.
1. After 37 years, India won the Test match at the iconic MCG. The last time India managed to win a Test match at the venue was in 1981.
2. Jasprit Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.
3. The MCG win marked India's fourth overseas win this year, which is most by the Asian giants in the calendar year.
4. Jasprit Bumarah(78) became the highest international wicket-taker in 2018 calendar year surpassing the tally of Kagiso Rabada(77).
5. The records book doesn't close there for Bumrah, he also took most number of wickets(9) for an Indian pacer in a Test match in Australia.
6. People may Virat Kohli criticise but his records tell a different story, with the MCG win he equalled the record of great Sourav Ganguly for most number of overseas Test wins as Indian captain in 24 matches.
7. Rishabh Pant took the most number of catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series. Pant has already taken 20 in this series with one match to spare.
8. Bumrah took the most number of wickets in overseas with 48 scalps under his belt.
9. Debutant Mayank Agarwal's first innings score of 76, most runs by an Indian on their first Test innings in Australia.
10. The trio of Bumrah 48, Ishant 40 and Shami 46 has collectively taken 134 away wickets in a single calendar year eclipsing the 34-year-old record that stood in the name of the fearsome West Indies trio of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner (130 wickets in away tours in 1984).
11. The 137-run win in the Boxing Day match is India's 150th Test match victory.
12. Ravindra Jadeja tally of 190 Test wickets is most by a left arm bowler after 40 matches.