Rain prevents play in Australia-India Test

Rain prevents play in Australia-India Test

Talking to the media in the post-match press conference, Kohli was asked about his feelings having achieved his dream of winning a Test series overseas.

"I think we have to".

The only other time India emulated such a feat was way back in 2003-04 when the "big four"- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman hit five hundred between them.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been adjudged the Player of the Series for his splendid 521 runs, which includes three tons at an average of 74.

"We wanted to experiment with combinations and find out what suits the team best and take it forward from there", said coach Ravi Shastri.

"We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all".

"We just worked on rectifying the mistakes". Pant also scored his maiden Test hundred in England a year ago at The Oval and has improved a lot with the bat and gloves since then.

For most parts of the last two days, the teams were restricted to dressing rooms.

That journey has led to India boasting one of the most fearsome bowling attacks in the world, with the breakthroughs of speedster Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Australia finished this series without a single hundred in four Tests.

Kohli added: "if you go out there with an ego, you might as well not go at all".

In the second match, Pakistan levelled the series 1-1 after thrashing their arch-rivals by nine wickets with the help of Umar Gul's five-wicket haul in the first-innings. "Sometimes that was due to the pressure they were put under by the Indian batsmen". Naturally, the captain was very proud.

"I think our bowlers at times bowled really well in this series, at times they didn't", Payne said.

And while accolades will inevitably fall on Kohli, he has consistently stressed through the series that it can never be about one person. The group of bowlers we have in this team have been fantastic for quite a while now.

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"And that's the determination, that's the ruthlessness, that's the mindset with which this team went to play in this series".

The opening match between the two sides was ended in a draw in Kingstone before India bounced back and recorded a win by seven wickets to take an unassaible 1-0 lead in the series at Port of Spain.

"We understood as a team we were on the right track".

"They make a captain look good to be honest".

"This is history and a terrific moment for Indian cricket", said country's greatest opener Sunil Gavaskar.

"When Indian cricket respects Test cricket we know the fans are going to come in and watch Test cricket".

Unfortunately for the Bollywood actress India are not the first Asian team to win a Test in Australia - they are the first to win a Test series Down Under.

While India now gear up to switch format, Kohli's biggest takeaway will be the confidence before they start their perparations for the ODI World Cup.

Chaudhary - whose upper body and face is painted with the Indian tricolours of saffron, white and green and the name of his patron and favourite player, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar - embodies the passion of the supporters.

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.

Chaudhary, 37, has followed the Indian cricket team for nearly two decades, and made sure he was a visible presence at the SCG as he waved a national flag and blew a conch. That day is also not too far away. Long periods of rain at the Tests in Sydney and Melbourne did not deter them, with their singing and drumming bringing energy to the dismal sessions. It was also for the first time that none of the Australian batsmen crossed 80 runs in all the four matches.

Pant amassed 350 runs in the series at an average of over 58 which included his unbeaten 159 that he scored at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

"Our plan is to celebrate with the team". Even with the rain around, the Indian dressing room was devoid of any tension as they were already leading the series 2-1 and the draw would mean a series victory to them.

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