'In Perth, I thought we played a very good game of cricket but when we went to Melbourne and Sydney, we've been outplayed in all departments'. India have finally won a Test series in Australia and it has come under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.
India want to use their maiden Test series victory in Australia to inspire their next generation of stars and revive the red-ball format at home. "We know we had some guys missing but we honestly felt coming into this series that in Australia, we could beat India". The Man of the Series victor blunted out a world-class Australian bowling attack and helped the team create history in Australia.
With the bat, the tourists managed to score five centuries over the four matches with Player-of-the-Series Pujara recording three of them, aggregating 521 runs from seven innings at an average of 74.42.
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Well, too bad! We would have won, anyway, and I don't say that just for the sake of it, there are a lot of reasons to back it. "We'll have a week off and get ready for the Sri Lanka series". Leave alone a three-figure score, none of the Australian batsman could even cross the 80-run barrier, something that legends like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell found hard to fathom. "They scored 400-600 runs and that was the key".
Things turned out to be a bit of anti-climactic in the end as India had a fair chance of adding insult to the injury with a 3-1 victory margin as they got the home team to follow-on in their den for the first time in 30 years after scoring 622 in their only innings. Our bowlers at times bowled really well, at times they did not. Alongside his warning about English conditions, Kohli offered encouragement for Australia's batsmen, saying if they "believe that they can do it, it can be done, definitely".
"And all the struggles that we have gone through in the past 12 months as well as the team". They did not have their absolute best series but it's not easy at this level and that can happen.
"It's ideal if you have a team where you can keep going with the same XI, but at the moment in Australia we probably do need to chop and change occasionally to get the best combination of players".