India will be eyeing a historic Test series win in Australia when they take on the hosts in the fourth and final Test starting January 3 in Sydney. He was left out of the first Test in England, and came back into contention.
However, Finch could yet be demoted down the order as Langer and Tim Paine discuss the best plan for Australia to avoid suffering their first Test series loss at home to India.
Pujara was the star performer for India in the Melbourne Test as his 106 off 319 balls in the first innings laid a ideal foundation for the hosts. Dravid had set the record in 2002 when he amassed 1,137 runs. Apart from Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Shami and Ishant Sharma have been brilliant this series. The last time India won there was in 1977-78. Needing a six off the last ball, Karthik smashed the ball out of the park to script a memorable win. India will also miss the services of Rohit Sharma for the final Test. They have performed and backed up their captain well. Interestingly, India have also named KL Rahul in the side. In the Ranji Trophy, teams from the Northeast like Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya participated as different teams for the first time.
Kohli has been the highest run-getter across all formats in global cricket in a calendar year.
During the Test in Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft tried to alter the ball with sandpaper with Warner fingered as the instigator and then captain Smith admitting he turned a blind eye.
Bancroft is eligible to return now after his ban ran out last weekend and he began to resurrect his career with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
30-year-old Kohli displayed a stellar effort in 2018 registering 1202 runs from 14 matches, averaging 133.55 in ODI cricket.
The year also witnessed a number of greats fading into the sunset with Gautam Gambhir, the architect of India's 2011 World Cup triumph leading the list.
Though several bowlers from nearly all Test playing nations made the headlines this year, let us look at three bowlers who made our list for the top Test bowler of the year- courtesy their exceptional display with the cherry. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.