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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli's side achieves historic feat in a tour of firsts

India became the first visiting team to win a bilateral series across all the formats against Australia in Australia.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 18, 2019 22:34 IST
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India beat Australia 2-1 in the three-match ODI series

India would be kicking themselves that rain played spoilsport in the second T20I in Melbourne as a win there would have completed a historic whitewash Down Under. But, nonetheless, this tour of Australia, would be a satisfying one for Virat Kohli & Co.

With a win in the third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, India won the three-match ODI series 2-1 and this was the first time they won a bilateral ODI series Down Under (with more than three matches in a series).

Before this, India also registered their first-ever Test series win against Australia Down Under when they took the four-match series 2-1 after their victories in Adelaide and Melbourne.

And with the win on Friday, India became the first visiting team ever to win a bilateral series (two or more matches) against Australia in Australia across all the formats.

While they won the Test and ODI series during this tour, the T20 series victory came in 2016, when India whitewashed the hosts 3-0 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

On a personal note as well, the visitors managed some feats.

During the third ODI in Melbourne, Yuzvendra Chahal managed to grab the best figures by an Indian in Australia, overtaking players such as Ajit Agarkar and Ravi Shastri. Chahal matched Agarkar's feat of 6/42 (MCG, 2004) in an ODI while Shastri grabbed 5/15 at the WACA in 1991.

Chahal also became the second Indian after Shastri to claim six wickets at MCG and also became the joint sixth best bowling performance by an Indian in ODI cricket. He shares the feat along with Ajit Agarkar.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant also achieved a few feats of his own during the Test series. Pant grabbed a record 20th catch in a series during the third Test in Melbourne -- the most by any Indian in a Test series.

Pant finished the Test series with 20 catches as the fourth match at Sydney was washed out.

In the first Test of the series, he had equaled a world record for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test. He along with South Africa's AB de Villiers and England's Jack Russell have now taken 11 catches in a match -- the most in a single Test match.

Kuldeep Yadav also got his name in the record books as he became the first chinaman bowler to grab a five-for against Australia in Australia in 64 years. Kuldeep achieved the feat during the fourth Test, when he took 5/99 in the first innings of the Test match.

England's Johnny Wardle took 5/79 against the hosts at Sydney in 1955.

This was second five-wicket haul in Test cricket and first outside the sub-continent.

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