Virat Kohli Breaks VVS Laxman’s Record, Moves Second on List of Most International Runs by an Indian Against Australia
Virat Kohli in action during the 3rd Test at MCG. (Photo: Getty Images)

India cricket team captain on day one of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground surpassed former batsman VVS Laxman to score second-most runs against Australia across all formats. The list is dominated by legendary Sachin Tendulkar who has scored 6707 runs from 110 matches. Kohli, who now takes the second place, has scored 3216 from 60 matches while Laxman during his career had scored 3173 runs from 50 matches against Australia.

Interestingly, Tendulkar has 20 centuries against Australia across formats while Kohli and Laxman have 12 and 10 hundreds respectively. Rahul Dravid (3071) and MS Dhoni (2589) complete the top five. Mayank Agarwal Becomes First Indian Opener Since 1947 to Score Fifty on Debut in Australia: Watch Video

Kohli has been in terrific form over the years and on the current tour of Australia, the Indian captain has scored runs at will. In three-match T20 International series, Kohli scored a half-century after one of the game was washed out due to rain. In the ongoing Test series, the Indian captain has already scored a century.

Most International Runs by Indian Batsmen vs Australia.

Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Sachin Tendulkar 1991-2013 110 144 9 6707 241* 49.68 20 31
Virat Kohli 2009-2018 60 71 10 3216* 169 52.72 12 13
VVS Laxman 1998-2012 50 73 8 3173 281 48.81 10 14
Rahul Dravid 1996-2012 72 96 6 3071 233 34.12 2 21
MS Dhoni 2006-2017 82 87 19 2589 224 38.07 3 12

Kohli on a testing Perth pitch scored an impressive century and now in the third Test is nearing a half-century after he finished unbeaten on 47 on day one in Melbourne. The right-handed batsman has thus far scored 25 centuries in Tests. In ODIs, Kohli has 38 hundred against his name. Hardik Pandya Clicks 'Best Selfie Ever' Ahead of Ind vs Aus Boxing Day Test at MCG.

Meanwhile, India is locked in a four-match Test series against Australia. The series is currently tied at one each after India and Australia won the first and second Test respectively. The fourth match of the series will take place in Sydney in the first week of January.