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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli is 82 runs shy of breaking Rahul Dravid's extraordinary record

The India captain recently notched up his 25th Test ton on a tricky pitch in Perth, which was lauded by many former cricketers, fans and experts.

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New Delhi Published on: December 24, 2018 21:38 IST
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India will next play Australia in the Boxing Day Test

Team India skipper Virat Kohli is currently on a run fest and 2018 has seen him breaking umpteen records in Test and ODI cricket. The India captain recently notched up his 25th Test ton on a tricky pitch in Perth, which was lauded by many former cricketers, fans and experts. With this ton, he also equalled Master Blaster's Sachin Tendulkar's record of six Test tons on Australian soil. 

However, the captain has now come close to breaking a record which is held by India's Wall and beloved former Test cricketer, Rahul Dravid. But, the feat has a catch. 

Kohli is 82 runs away from breaking Dravid's record of highest away runs in a calendar year. The former captain achieved this feat in 2002, when he scored a blistering 1137 Test runs, overtaking Mohinder Amarnath's tally of 1065 runs away Test runs in 1983. Kohli has currently scored 1056 runs this year away and is on the verge on achieving this feat in the 3rd Test against Australia at the MCG. 

For Kohli to attain this feat, he would have to score 82 runs in the Melbourne Test. 

The Indian captain started 2018 on a solid note in South Africa, smashing 286 runs in three Tests he played, which included a century in Centurion. 

The skipper continued his prolific form in the tour of England, exorcising the demons of 2014 and became the highest scorer in the series, with a whopping 593 runs in five Tests played. He scored two Test centuries in the same series. 

With the last tour of the year, Kohli didn't start the series on a bright note in Adelaide, but knocked up a fine innings in Perth's new stadium, an astonishing 123 off 257 deliveries. However, his efforts went in vain as India lost the 2nd Test by 146 runs. 

However, with the MCG is known for producing smashing performances with the bat, all eyes will be on the Indian skipper. 

The Boxing Day Test between India and Australia will be played at the MCG in Melbourne, which will commence from December 26. 

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