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Top 3 run scorers for India in Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

By Bet Barter

December 26, 2020

The Indian cricket team will be attempting to bounce back as they go into the Boxing Day Test against Australia. The visitors have a pretty decent record at the MCG. India has won three of their 13 Test matches at the Melbourne stadium.

After being dismantled for just 36 runs in their first match team, India will be looking forward to a great MCG game. Considering the current Indian squad, Ajinkya Rahane has the best record at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The India batsmen have produced some game-changing knocks in the traditional Boxing Day Test match over the years.

Let us have a look at India's top three leading run-scorers at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Three Indian batsmen who have tasted great success at MCG

1. Sachin Tendulkar

No Indian cricketer has played more Test matches at this ground than the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin is also India's leading run-scorer at the ground. The former has smashed 449 runs in 10 innings.

Sachin has played five matches at the Melbourne. He has also scored one century and three half-centuries. In the 1999 tour, the batsman smashed 119 runs, and it is by far the best in this ground. Although team India lost the match, he won the Man of the Match award for his stunning performance. Sachin Tendulkar hasn't always had success at Melbourne, but the veteran still has a decent average of 44.90.

2. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is placed second on the list as he has scored 316 runs in six innings at the Melbourne Ground. The Indian captain has hit one hundred and two fifties at the stadium. In 2014, he hit his best score of 169. This also helped India earn a crucial draw at the venue. Kohli also smashed a crucial 82 knock as India defeated Australia in the 2018 MCG Test. India's run-machine averages 52.57 in Victoria. His absence in the batting line-up will be surely be felt by his teammates.

3. Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag has least played two or more Tests at the MCG and has the highest average. The fearless opener had also tasted success at the historic stadium. He has scored 280 runs at a strike-rate of 82.11 at Melbourne.

The veteran has hit one ton and one half-century. His highest total of 195 came in the year 2003. The innings is regarded as one of the best by an Indian batsman down under. Sehwag smashed the Australian bowlers to all corners of the ground. The legendary batsman hit 25 boundaries and five sixes before being giving away his wicket to Simon Katich. Unfortunately, in the next innings, Ricky Ponting hit a career-best 257 and team India ended up suffering a heavy defeat.

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