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By CricketCountry Staff

Discussing India’s most successful batsmen against Australia with friends? You do not need to go back in time to Sunil Gavaskar or Gundappa Viswanath, or even the usual suspects, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. While all four champions named above have aggregated over 1,500 against Australia, the two Indian heroes at Adelaide Oval top the batting average charts for Indians against Australia (with a cut-off of 750 runs).

While Kohli beats Tendulkar only marginally, Vijay is significantly clear of the others. The average did not have a sudden surge at Adelaide Oval: he had scored 681 runs against Australia at 61.81 before this Test, which is still significantly clear of the others.

Best averages by Indians against Australia (qualification: 750 runs)

M

R

Ave

100s

Murali Vijay

7

832

64.00

3

Virat Kohli

9

840

56.00

4

Sachin Tendulkar

39

3,630

55.00

11

Gundappa Viswanath

18

1,538

53.03

4

Sunil Gavaskar

20

1,550

51.67

8

VVS Laxman

29

2,434

49.67

6

Both Vijay and Kohli have had impressive (albeit not exceptional) careers till now, but both men have developed a strange penchant for scoring runs against Australia. Here is the break-up:

Vijay and Kohli against Australia and other oppositions

Against Australia

Against others

Career

M

R

Ave

100s

M

R

Ave

100s

M

R

Ave

100s

Murali Vijay

7

832

64.00

3

21

1,026

28.50

1

28

1,858

37.92

4

Virat Kohli

9

840

56.00

4

21

1,271

37.38

4

30

2,111

43.08

8

It may be too early to comment, but it will not be easy for Australians to blow India away. They have their men lined up. Along with Vijay and Kohli, there is Cheteshwar Pujara — who may have scored only 589 from six Tests, but averages 65.44.