There has been much celebration as the Indian cricket team won the third out of four Test matches in Melbourne. India leads the series with 2 – 1, putting pressure on the Australian team to equalize the series. India won by 137 runs.
Whether Australia manages to win the final match or not, India retains the Border-Gavaskar trophy. If there is a series draw, the trophy remains with the team that previously held it. While India hopes to win the Test series outright, they will still retain the trophy.
In addition to the Border-Gavaskar trophy retention, India reached its 150th Test cricket win milestone.
Man of the Match
It was no surprise when Jasprit Bumrah received the Man of the Match award. Bumrah took nine wickets in the Boxing Day Test match. So far, he has taken 20 wickets in the first three Tests of the series, making him the highest wicket-taker. Bumrah recorded the best haul ever by an Indian pacer when playing in Australia.
Virat Kohli, the team captain, commented on Bumrah’s nine-wicket haul.
“The way he has matured in Test cricket and the areas he is bowling so soon in his Test career is a very scary sign for all batsmen around the world,” said Kohli.
“I wouldn’t want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest. Once he’s on a roll, he can really crank it up.”
Kohli also noted that Bumrah doesn’t see a pitch as “hard toil,” rather he thinks “how can I make a breakthrough?”
The skipper told Bumrah: “Your mindset separates you from the rest.”
Final Test Match
The final Test in the four-match series will take place in Sydney between 3rd and 7th January 2019. The big question is whether India can maintain its lead and win the Test series. If so, this will be the first time the Indian team wins a Test series in Australia.