# Virat Kohli’s brilliant 169 off 272 balls is his career-best innings in Tests – his first century in a Test match against Australia at MCG.
# Kohli’s fifth century vs Australia is his ninth in Tests – his sixth away from home.
# Kohli has recorded three hundreds in the current rubber – 115 & 141 in the first Test at Adelaide and 169 at Melbourne.
# Kohli became the second Indian batsman to post three centuries in a Test series in Australia. Gavaskar, in successive games, had registered a hundred each at Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne in the 1977-78 series.
# Ajinkya Rahane (147 off 171 balls) has recorded a career-best innings in Tests, surpassing the 118 off 158 balls vs New Zealand at Wellington in February 2014.
# Rahane’s only other century is 103 vs England at Lord’s in July 2014.
# Rahane became the first India’s number five player to hit three fifties in a Test series against Australia in Australia.
# Rahane enjoys a superb record away from home in Tests – his tally being 970 (ave.48.50) in twelve Tests, including three centuries and six fifties.
# Rahane, for the first time, has totalled 300 runs (ave.60.00) in a Test series, overtaking the 299 (ave.33.22) in five Tests vs England in 2014.
# Brad Haddin became the fourth Australian wicketkeeper and the ninth in Test annals to complete 250 dismissals. He has accomplished the feat in 62 Tests – the second fastest behind the 59 Tests taken by Adam Gilchrist.
# India (462/8), for the first time, have recorded a total of 450 at MCG, bettering the 445 in December 1985.
# Virat Kohli’s impressive tally of 445 (ave.89.00) in five innings, including three hundreds. is his best in a Test series, outstripping his tally of 300 (ave.37.50) in the 2011-12 series against Australia.
# Kohli’s aforesaid tally is the highest by an Indian player in the current rubber.
# Sachin Tendulkar (six), Sunil Gavaskar (five), VVS Laxman (four) and Virat Kohli (four) are the Indian players to have managed four hundreds or more against Australia in Australia.
# Kohli became the tenth Indian batsman to amass 1,000 runs in Tests vs Australia – his tally being 1029 (ave.57.16) in eleven Tests, including five hundreds and two fifties.
# Rahane and Kohli were involved in a partnership of 262 – India’s highest for any wicket against Australia at MCG, surpassing the 165 for the first wicket between Chetan Chauhan and Sunil Gavaskar in 1980-81. The said partnership is their fourth stand of 200-plus for any wicket against Australia in Australia.
# The above partnership is India’s second highest for the fourth wicket overseas behind the 353 between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar at Sydney in January 2004.
# The 262-run partnership is the first double century stand for the fourth wicket against Australia at MCG.
# In a boxing day Test at Melbourne, both teams have recorded 400-plus in the first innings for the second time – the first occasion being Pakistan (470) and Australia (555) in December 1983.