India captain Virat Kohli rated India’s historic 2-1 series win in Australia as his ‘biggest achievement’ till date and added that the win will give the team a different identity.
“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,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation, according to a PTI report.
India won their maiden Test series in Australia after the fifth day’s play was washed out due to rain. It may be pertinent to note that it was at Sydney that Kohli was made the Test captain permanently a few years ago.
Recalling the same, Kohli said, “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.”
Kohli was expectedly all praise for Cheteshwar Pujara and the other star performers in the historic triumph. “Want to give a special mention to Pujara. He’s one guy always willing to accept things. 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. Someone like Rishabh as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks,” Kohli said.
Kohli also did not forget to praise the bowlers, who were also instrumental in the team’s triumph. “We knew once the batsmen score, our bowlers are lethal. 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. 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,” the elated Indian captain stated.
--By A Cricket Correspondent