After beating the top ranked Test team in world by a wide margin of 3-0, the Indian Test captain Virat Kohli feels that it is an indication of the growing stature of an improving team that can now go on and win any Tests anywhere in the world.
The recently concluded Freedom series saw India beating South Africa convincingly by 337 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday. The Test matches held in Mohali and Nagpur witnessed the home team wrapping up the game within three days!
“Test cricket has always been one format in which we have been wanting to do well,” he told reporters after India became the second best Test team in the world, behind recent opposition team South Africa.
The captain feels that it all began in Australia where even though they lost the series, they never were in a one-sided situation game. They always kept Australia on their toes just before Australia rabbiting to the finish line every time and winning the series 2-0.
“I think it all began in Australia for us, the way we played there. We showed a lot of character even in our (2-0) defeat,” said Kohli who took over as captain Down Under this year following Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from tests.
“It was never one-sided defeats. It was always being at the heel of the opposition knowing that we could catch them at any stage.
“That gave us a lot of belief as a Test team, that we can do this, we can be a champion team, we can play well around the world and play well as a unit.”
Under recently appointed captain, India broke a few records. With Kohli reigning the side, India defeated Sri Lanka after 23 years in the Islander’s soil and also broke the ever-famous 9-year unbeaten streak of not losing any away Test series. “We have carried forward that confidence from Australia and we took it to Sri Lanka. We set out a few plans, a few rules and a few things the team need to do in order to do well,” said Kohli.
Confidently carrying forward the controversial Nagpur pitch discussions with the media, Kohli again criticized the media after the Kotla Test ended after all 5 playing days. “Hopefully you guys got the answer today…we always believed we can anywhere in the world and can play well against any team,” he said