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India series win 12 months in making, says very proud Kohli

07 January 2019

And that's what we have fired right through the series against Australia.

The tourists danced in front of their faithful fans at the SCG after winning the Test series against Australia 2-1.

"Looking back now, if we'd won that Test, win Perth, outplayed in Melbourne then a washout it could have been 2-1 the other way".

"... That's what I don't get with the criticism he's getting ... he's just down on confidence a little bit and I think sometimes people just forget he's a bloke who is trying his best".

"A very proud moment", Kohli said.

Starc has copped the bulk of the heat for the home side's struggles with the ball in the ongoing four-Test series against India, with legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne his harshest and most persistent critic.

The two sides now play a five match one day series before India, who're the top ranked one day side in the world, head to New Zealand for a five match series against the Black Caps. Last time the hosts had to follow-on Down Under in a Test match against England in 1988.

"Have to tip our hat to India, we know how tough it is to win in Australia so congrats to Virat and (coach) Ravi (Shastri) because it's a huge achievement", said Australian skipper Tim Paine.

"We are really disappointed. More so because for the last 12 months we understand what we have gone through as a team", said Kohli.

The tourists, led by magnificent series from batting rock Cheteshwar Pujara and superb slinger Jasprit Bumrah, achieved it in clinical fashion to expose the vast void left by Steve Smith and David Warner's suspensions and raise questions about the potency of Australia's attack. "Scoring a hundred at Adelaide Oval and going 1-0 up in a four-Test series is something we were all aiming for", Pujara said.

They're the best there is.

Virat Kohli celebrates their test win in Melbourne.

"The tosses we have won, the opposition has not come anywhere close to us".

India, however, went on to win the second Test by seven wickets after they chased down a mere target of 73 runs in Nottingham.

There was a century for captain Kohli, of course, and one in Sydney for the younger generation through the irrepressible wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. "We thought we had a number of opportunities during that Test to go well ahead of the game and when those key moments came up India outplayed us to be honest". For some of the guys in their third, fourth Test maybe it's hard to look and say "I haven't scored any hundreds" but Marcus and Travis showed, and Marnus in the first innings, that they can score runs at Test cricket. They are dictating terms now which is the most wonderful thing you can ask for from your bowlers'.

"I know he's playing at the highest level and they expect a lot from him, but it doesn't always work; it's Test cricket, he's coming up against some very, very good batters and he's not quite at his best".

India series win 12 months in making, says very proud Kohli