Indian skipper Virat Kohli goes in to bat for Mitchell Starc

Indian skipper Virat Kohli goes in to bat for Mitchell Starc

Speaking after becoming the first-ever India captain to win a Test series in Australia, Kohli said of his experience of playing in England in 2018 - when he scored runs 593 runs in a losing cause - that patience was the key to batting there because the Dukes ball "buries egos pretty quickly".

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India came here late past year as the world's top-ranked Test nation.

"The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on top of the cake". Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time.

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

But in storming Fortress Australia, India have provided a blueprint that other nations can learn from. The draw gave India a 2-1 series win. "We strive to play well as a team", he said.

The members of the Indian cricket team had a jolly good time together along with the Bharat army post their historic win against Australia.

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Former Indian leg-spinner and coach Anil Kumble turned soothsayer after correctly predicting the outcome of the India vs Australia Test series even before the contest began. "They didn't have their absolute best series but it's not easy at this level and that can happen".

Kohli hoped it would act as something of a counterweight to the popularity of shorter, more explosive brands of cricket that have increasingly dominated the Indian game. "Don't think we can look to England just yet, need to play Sri Lanka first, and that will be another tough series, but there are some positives in getting these guys some experience against an absolute high-quality attack". I'm sure [Australia] will regroup as a unit, we've all gone through those phases where you figure out what needs to be done - it's just mindset.

"I have only one word to say - that I'm proud, firstly as part of the team, then to lead these players which is an honour and a privilege".

It is a rare first Down Under for India since Lala Amarnath's side visited the country back in 1947-48 months after independence to face Sir Don Bradman's "Invincibles".

Another difference between India's defeat in England and triumph in Australia has been the spin support which India's fast bowlers have received.

"Our plan is to celebrate with the team". As the victorious Indian players made their way into the team hotel, they were welcomed by the roaring Bharat Army, who batted from the stands instrumentally, throughout the series. So yeah Sydney, watch out for Indian fans!

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