Records tumbled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after Mayank Agarwal was handed debut cap on Boxing Day in the ongoing third Test. Not only he became the first Indian opener to make his debut, but also registered the highest-ever score by an Indian on debut on Australian soil.
Agarwal broke a 71-year-old record after he reached his maiden half-century off 95 balls with a straight drive for a boundary. He was included in the squad as the 295th man to represent India after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the side due to injury.
The 27-year-old right hander made an impressive 76 in his first match before Pat Cummins got him caught behind. He went past the record of Dattu Phadkar, who scored 51 in an innings on his debut down under in the year 1947. The other highest scorers in the list are Hrishikesh Kanitkar (45) and Abid Ali (33).
Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari (8) established a 40-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by Cummins.
India showed dominance of the game and made 215 for two at stumps with Cheteshwar Pujara (68) and Virat Kohli batting at 47. Cummins was the only successful bowler of the day as he pouched two wickets for the hosts.