'He thinks wickets': All batsmen should be scared of lethal Bumrah

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Winning outside India has been an area of concern for Indian teams over the years, but first under Ganguly and now under Kohli, the team has looked to change their overseas record and the 137-run win at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground once again signalled that intent in this team under Kohli.

India took just 4.3 overs to take the remaining two wickets of Australia. That gives him 48 wickets in his debut Test year.

Kohli said Bumrah was a man "obsessed" with his cricket and convinced of his ability to conjure wickets on any surface.

Australia's hopes in the Boxing Day Test were looking a little dismal during the first innings, though the Aussies fought back in the second thanks to the relentless effort of Pat Cummins.

The only other time India won two Tests in Australia was in 1977-78, when the hosts were weakened by the World Series Cricket breakaway, and Kohli is convinced his side can break new ground in Sydney.

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Travis Head, with 217 runs, is the sole Australian batsman in the top-five on the list and also the only one with an average higher than 30 for the series, which concludes with the fourth and final test in Sydney starting on Thursday.

Australia will resume on 258-8, still 141 short of an unlikely win, but there was no doubt as to the headline act of Saturday's play in Melbourne.

On Bumrah's 9-wicket haul in the match, Kohli said that the way he bowled in Perth it was 'almost criminal to not get wickets on that.' "Management said wickets would come, and they came in bunches".

The comments from the players follow remarks made by a few of Australia's commentators on air during the Test that downplayed the first-class structure in India by the likes of Kerry O'Keefe and Mark Waugh.

"We've rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce". That total was built on the back of Cheteshwar Pujara's patient 106 and Virat Kohli's restrained 82.

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Aaron Finch (eight), Marcus Harris (22), Usman Khawaja (21) and Shaun Marsh (19) all departed cheaply. It is a pitch that Tim Paine expects to turn, which makes R Ashwin's fitness that much more important. "So we discussed before South Africa that if we put him as a surprise package he could be lethal if he gets his lines and lengths right", Kohli explained as to what prompted them to riposte their faith in Bumrah.

Bumrah was supported well by Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.

"I think the fact that he was showing awesome levels of energy and fitness in white-ball cricket and hence he was so good because he was not giving runs with the new ball, he was getting wickets, he would come back in the death overs and not bowl one loose delivery", Kohli said.

In reply, Australia crumbled for 151 as Bumrah claimed 6-33.

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