India’s captain Virat Kohli said he is proud of his team and the way that they played throughout the four-match series against Australia makes him proud. India was able to clinch the Border-Gavaskar trophy by 2-1 and have won their maiden Test series on the Australian soil. Thus, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to savour success in Australia.
India came with a collective team effort to win the series. They won the first Test match at Adelaide by 31 runs. However, they lost the second Test match at Perth by 146 runs. Subsequently, they bounced back once again to win the third Test match by 137 runs.
In fact, they had put their noses in front as they were dominating the final and fourth Test match. However, rain and bad light devoured their hope of making it 3-1.
Virat Kohli said while talking in the post-match presentation, “Firstly I want to say, I’ve never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we’ve been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I’m proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely, deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile. When we won the World Cup, I was a young player. I saw the others getting emotional. This series will give us a different identity as a team. What we’ve been able to achieve is something to be really proud of. That’s something that we spoke about, just wanted to go back to basics, not be flamboyant”.
Virat Kohli gave credit to Cheteshwar Pujara, who was the Man of the series award. Pujara scored 521 runs in the series to be the difference between the batting unit of two sides. Furthermore, Kohli praised Mayank Agarwal for his impressive show the bat.
The batting stood up as Pujara delivered the goods.
“Want to give a special mention to Pujara. Especially after the kind of series he had the last time he came here. He’s one guy always willing to accept things. Takes it in his stride and works on his game. He’s the nicest man around. Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too. To come in on Boxing Day and play like that against a high quality attack in their conditions speaks volumes of the belief he has. Someone like Rishabh as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks is something that augurs well for the team.. We knew once the batsmen score, our bowlers are lethal”.
Kohli also gave credit to the potent bowling line-up. India’s bowling was once again lethal and delivered the goods. Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show as he scalped 21 wickets at an average of 17 in the four-match series. Furthermore, Mohammed Shami took 16 wickets in the series.
Pace battery was relentless.
“The way the bowlers have dictated terms in this series. And not just this one, the previous two tours as well. I’ve not seen happen in Indian cricket. Playing with four bowlers and getting results overseas is something that I’ve never seen playing for India. Hats off to them. They’ve worked on their fitness levels. They don’t look at a pitch and think there’s nothing for us. It’s a revelation for Indian cricket and a learning for the other bowlers back home. These guys are going to be looked up to for a long, long time. They definitely deserve to be here and breaking record of the great West Indian fast bowlers is no mean feat. Definitely, this is just the stepping stone for us. The average age in the team is quite low. The most important thing for us has been belief. We’ve believed in SA that we’re on the right track, we believed in England, and now we’ve got the results to back it. Most important thing is what you feel as a group, not what the voices outside say about you”.
Kohli also said Australia was always going to be competitive in their own backyard. The Indian captain said that the squad is going to relax after the gruelling Test series win.
India bags their maiden series win in Australia.
“If your intention is right, God gives you things you can’t imagine. Our intent has always been good, and that is to take Indian cricket forward. Australia are always going to be a very competitive side. Every team goes through the transition. I wish Tim and the management all the very best. I’m sure they’re going to regroup and come back to the dominating force they are. We all deserve to enjoy. Celebrations are going to run long into the night I can assure you. Guys are tired, they’re mentally and physically drained. Now we’ve got no more Test cricket and no more alarms in the morning. Crowds have been outstanding. They’ve never let us feel we are playing away from home. They’ve come in numbers in every stadium”.
Virat Kohli has delivered the goods and the Test series triumph is going be a big feather in his cap. Kohli has led from the front and the Indian team is going to cherish this moment for a long time.