It was just a matter of time before the formalities were done in Trinidad and India were handed over the winner’s trophy. Rain and dismal conditions in the outfield might have been a fly in the ointment for the Indians, but they leave the shores of the Caribbean with their heads held high. These were the words of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was delighted with a 2-0 series victory over the West Indies.
In the post-match presentation, Kohli was an ecstatic leader, as he lavished his side with superlatives. While speaking about quite a few positives for the side, the Delhi dasher mentioned that he was particularly impressed with the performance of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Saha’s maiden test century in the third test rescued India from a miserable position.
“Ashwin gets wickets, KL Rahul comes in and gets runs, Shikhar Dhawan scores a few, as does Umesh,” said Kohli. “I’m particularly pleased for Saha. Him coming good is one of the biggest positives as far as I’m concerned. Captaincy has been a good phase. A bit too much passion and excitement early on, but we’re all of the same age group, so they keep speaking to me. They feed me with good ideas, something we can hold back on or attack more. That’s been the biggest help for me.”
Kohli acknowledged that newly appointed coach Anil Kumble’s presence had made a great difference in the dressing room. “Anil Kumble’s contribution has been great, particularly from the bowling point of view. His passion and commitment for the game has been loved by everyone. It will be a tough season at home, but we’ll leave with our head held high. We need to be boring in our preparation to keep winning,” said Kohli.
- Ashwin won his sixth Man of the series award, the most for an Indian, and said that he was glad about his efforts. “It’s No. 6 and I’m very happy about it,” he said. “Contributing in a win for the team is always great. When we started this series, we wanted to come here and play aggressive cricket. We wanted to play five bowlers in all the games, that’s something we wanted to try out. What we’ll take away from here is a lot of positives. The team is such that everyone’s closely monitored and their contributions are appreciated. That’s why we’re doing well as a unit.”