After scoring his 4th century of the series against Australia on the third day of the fourth and final Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday, Kohli surpassed Dravid. (Day 3 report)
Former captain Dravid had held the record for most runs in a series in Australia, by an Indian batsman, with 619 (2003-04 series). Now that record belongs to Kohli.
The 26-year-old Kohli today brought up his 10th Test ton and later crossed Dravid's tally. Kohli now has 639 runs in 7 innings with 4 hundreds and 1 fifty. And he is not finished for the series. This was Kohli's 3rd in a row as Test captain, which is a world record.
Kohli and Dravid are the only Indian batsmen to aggregate 500 plus runs in a Test series in Australia. In 2003-04, Dravid scored 619 runs with 1 hundred and 3 fifties. His highest was 233 in Adelaide where he guided India to a historic victory. He averaged 123.80 that series.
At close of play on the third day, Kohli was unbeaten on 140 with India 342/5 in 115 overs in reply to Australia's 572/7 declared. Australia have already sealed the series 2-0 with wins in opening two Tests. The third match was drawn.
Most runs by an Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia
- 639* (at close of play on Thursday) in 7 innings - Virat Kohli
- 619 in 8 innings - Rahul Dravid (2003-04)
- 494 in 7 innings - VVS Laxman (2003-04)
- 493 in 8 innings - Sachin Tendulkar (2007-08)
- 473 in 9 innings - GR Viswanath (1977)