Indian skipper Virat Kohli goes in to bat for Mitchell Starc

Indian skipper Virat Kohli goes in to bat for Mitchell Starc

"The player knows - I think it's time for some tough love not rested and cuddled".

But no play was possible and India, who first toured Australia in 1947-48, celebrated a famous victory. This, in turn, helped India chose from a variety of options throughout the month-long series.

"I have only one word to say - that I'm proud, firstly as part of the team, then to lead these players which is an honour and a privilege".

Kohli's team showed vast grit throughout the series and as the captain had alluded to before traveling to Australia, his side won the crucial moments in the series.

"We said that to be successful in Australia, we need to make sure that we need to take the cut and the pull out of the Australian batsmen and then focus the attack on our strengths, so that's exactly what we did". "The boys make the captain look good", an elated skipper Virat Kohli said after the mission was accomplished.


Paine paid tribute to India, saying they were deserved winners, particularly after dominating the final two Tests. "Rishabh came up with it and we just joined in". "The series win will give us a different identity".

Prasad also went on to reveal that Pant is carrying a few niggles in his body after playing four high-intensity Tests against Australia which is why they are looking to manage his workload at the moment.

"We definitely want to build on this and always promote the message of Test cricket being the most important and the most valued format of the game which it rightfully is".

"Although changing history or creating history is still not what I am thinking of, it is pure satisfaction of the hard work of 12 months, to understand that what we believed in has been proven right and regardless of the whole world being against you, if you are striving in the right direction with good intent, God's going to reward you".

India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said the successful strategy stemmed from mistakes made a year ago in Tests against South Africa and England.


Paine lauded, and was no doubt envious of, India for having key players take charge of vital moments in the series: Pujara in Adelaide, Bumrah in Melbourne and Pujara again in Sydney.

Australia were memorably bowled out for 60 at Trent Bridge in 2015, highlighting the difficulty posed by the likes of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in bowling-friendly conditions.

In the opening match, India was just one wicket away from sealing a victory, but the final session of the fifth day was washed out. It was also for the first time that none of the Australian batsmen crossed 80 runs in all the four matches.

"Our plan is to celebrate with the team". With such a series-defining performance, he has put an end to all the questions raised about his ability as a batsman and his place in the Indian team.

"It's hard to say when it's going to stop".


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