As Team India achieved a historic victory Down Under, outclassing the high-headed Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by giving them a follow on at home for the first time in 30 years, Indian skipper Virat Kohli described his team as “a family” and “not just a team”.
Following the historic win, Kohli @imVkohli expressed his feelings to his 27.8 million fans with a tweet: “So proud to be a part of this team, great feeling! This is not just a team this is a family. Onwards and upwards from here on. 🇳🇮🇳 ”
Meanwhile, after the 2-1 series victory at Sydney cricket ground, an overwhelmed Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Monday said captaining India to their first Test series victory in Australia is the “proudest” moment of his career.
“I’ve never been more proud of being part of a team,” said Kohli. “By far, this is my biggest achievement. The series win will give us a different identity,” BBC reported.
“It’s a proud moment. More so because for the last 12 months we understand what we have gone through as a team,” said Kohli.
“The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake.
“In the 10 years that I have played, it is the proudest moment that I have experienced and we’re so happy for the whole team.
“It is a young bunch of guys and to have that belief to keep striving for excellence on a daily basis and to get a reward like this we definitely have to be happy.”
He added: “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.
“From where I see it, this is our vision for Indian cricket.”
Meanwhile, the 2-1 series win was confirmed when the fifth day of the fourth Test in Sydney was washed out by rain and the match was drawn.
Australia went into the final day of the series with little hope of achieving the victory they needed to win the Test and draw the series. They were due to resume their second innings on 6-0, having been forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years after being bowled out for 300 in reply to the tourists’ first-innings total of 622-7 declared.
Score: Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day five)
India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178
Australia 300 (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) & 6-0