India vs Australia 3rd Test: With two boundaries lofted down the ground against Nathan Lyon, debutant Mayank Agarwal moved to his fifty on opening day of the Boxing Day Test coordinate at the MCG. As he achieved 52* in his innings, Mayank Agarwal broke a 71-year-old record-it is the most astounding score by any Indian on introduction in Australia.
Agarwal turned out to be just the second Indian to make a 50+ on Test make a big appearance on Australian soil after Dattu Phadkar (51) at SCG in December 1947.
Mayank Agarwal likewise joined Sunil Gavaskar to end up the fifth opener to hit a fifty in his first innings from home. Sunil Gavaskar has the accomplishment in Port of Spain in 1974. The others on the rundown are SS Naik, Vinoo Mankad and Lalchand Rajput.
This is just the second time an Indian opener has made his Test make a big appearance in Australia. Amir Elahi made his opening presentation in the second innings at Sydney in December 1947. Unexpectedly, Elahi had gone in at No 10 in the principal innings.