During the presentation ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Virat Kohli was smiling with his ears. After being out on the final day of the fourth Test, India's 2-1 series win was confirmed and the match ended in draw. This made him the first Indian captain to win the series in Australia in the 71 year history of India playing Test cricket.
Kohli said, "So far, this is my biggest achievement." "It's at the top of the stack when we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member, there everyone looked passionate, but I did not feel it then. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we are able to achieve is worth the pride.
During the South Africa and England tours in 2018 India faced repeated batting failures, but in this series, the batsmen supported the bowlers' efforts. Kohli was the highest run scorer in two other tournaments, but this time he finished third with 282 runs. Rishabh Pant was above 350 with him and Cheteshwar Pujara, who won the Man of the Match and Man of the Series award, is the top scorer with 521. The Indian captain gave a lyrical description about Pujara, which dropped remarkably during the England series.
He said, & quot; We talked about our batting as a team, wanted to do the basics. Old, hardened grinding. Pujara's special mention, he has been outstanding in the series after being dismissed for the last time in Australia. He is ready to accept things to a person, he works on his game, he is the best man, and we are happy for him, "said Kohli.
India also feels that their opening batsman, as Mayank Agarwal, could not find any solution. "Special mention to Mayank Agarwal, he stood as a champion on Boxing Day. Talks about their mentality, but we all contributed as a batting group. It's something that grows well with the team, "said Kohli.
India had one of the best bowling lineups in Test cricket in this series. Jaspreet Bumrah has taken 21 wickets. The trio of Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami broke the record of taking the most wickets in a calendar year, which was previously with West Indian superstar Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall.
They said, & # 39; The manner in which the bowlers have been dominating all over here and not even in England and SA, this is something I have not seen before. Salute them, the way they are prepared, their fitness level and their mentality They discuss how to get wickets, and then they told me their plans. This is a revelation in Indian cricket, and there is something for the bowlers at home to learn. These people will be seen for a long, long time, and they deserve to break the records of the great Indian West Indies fast bowlers.
Kohli said that this can be a great achievement, but it is only one step for the Indian Test setup. "The average age is very low, but the most important thing is that we believe. We had in South Africa and England, and when you are working in the right direction, then God knows you honestly. We want to do the best for Indian cricket, and it is outstanding, but this is just one step, "he said.
This loss is a series of bad results for the Australian team since the molestation of the ball in March 2018 and Kohli said that they will bounce back from it. "Australia is always going to be competitive. Each team passes through an infection, and their dominance keeps world cricket exciting for so many years. I'm sure they will be organized again as a side and will play some exciting cricket in the future, "he said.
Best Indian side I am part of this: Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara was praising all the bowlers. "This is the best Indian side I am part of. And I would like to congratulate all my bowlers too. We have four bowlers, and taking 20 wickets is not easy, so the credit goes to all our fast bowlers and spinners who are notable. I am playing some first-class cricket at home, and I will play some county cricket during the IPL. But the next Test series is some 6-7 months away, I have to give some time to prepare. I would like to play white-ball cricket, but test cricket is my priority, and it will always be.