With the series level at 1-1, India and Australia have everything to play for in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Before the series, India and Australia have played at Sydney 12 times. In those 12 meetings, India has managed to win only one Test. Australia has been victorious in five matches where the six produced no result.
India’s only win was in 1978 when they defeated Australia by an innings and two runs. The last two Tests between India and Australia at Sydney, in 2015 and 2019, ended in draws.
Let us look at some of the records that could be broken in the upcoming test match.
1. Cheteshwar Pujara is 97 runs away from 6,000 Test runs
India’s finest Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has had an ordinary series so far in comparison to his epic batting display in 2018-19. Pujara has only scored 43, 0, 17 and, 3 in the four innings so far. If Pujara strikes back in form in the third Test, he could become the 11th Indian cricketer to cross 6000 runs in Tests. He will also become the sixth-fastest to reach this milestone. For now, the 32-year-old has scored 5,903 Test runs in 132 innings at an average of 47.60.
2. Nathan Lyon needs six wickets to complete 400 Test scalps
Nathan Lyon has picked up 394 Test wickets from 98 matches at an average of 31.63. The Australian off-spinner has scalped four wickets in the first two Tests. He now requires six wickets in the SCG to complete 400 Test dismissals.
If he achieves this feat, Lyon will be the third bowler after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath with 400-plus Test wickets. That’s not all. The fourth match at Brisbane will be his 100th Test match. With this, he will become the 13th Australian cricketer to do so.
3. Rahane needs one more hundred to equal Sehwag’s SCG record
India’s skipper Ajinkya Rahane has two Test centuries against the Kangaroos. If he manages to score one more hundred, he will join Virender Sehwag. Sehwag has three Test hundreds against the Australians in their backyard.
Sehwag has smashed his three Test tons in 22 matches. However, Rahane has scored his two tons against Australia in 15 games. The former opener has scored 1738 runs at an average of 41.38, and Rahane has 1003 runs to his name, averaging 40.12.
4. David Warner seems to surpass Chappell and Boon’s record
If David Warner is fit to play the third Test in the SCG Test, the left-hander has an exceptional Sydney record. In just eight Test matches at the SCG, he has scored 732 runs at an average of 66.54. This includes four hundred. If Warner hits one more century, then he will go past David Boon and Greg Chappell on the list. These legends have the record of most hundreds at the venue.
Both Boon and Chappell hit four Test centuries at the SCG in 11 and 12 Tests respectively.
5. Rohit Sharma can accomplish a century of sixes
Rohit Sharma is on the edge of grabbing a unique record against the hosts. If the batsman smashes a six at Sydney, he will become the first player to register 100 sixes against Australia. The century of sixes will be in all three formats combined.
Rohit has blasted 99 sixes in 64 matches against Australia. He has smashed 2805 runs in these games at an average of 47.54. He has also scored eight hundred and 13 fifties.