Kohli: "This Win Will Change Indian Cricket Forever"
This changes everything.
The fourth Test between India and Australia at the SCG finished in a draw after ongoing drizzle, which means India has won its first ever Test series in Australia -- by a margin of 2-1.
For India captain Virat Kohli, this is a watershed moment for Indian cricket.
"I feel this series win will give us a different identity as an Indian side," he said in post-match presentations.
By this, he meant Indian sides would no longer fail to believe they can put their best cricketing foot forward overseas.
"I think what we've been able to achieve is something we should be very proud of," Kohli added.
"I want to say I've never been more proud to be part of a team than this one here. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months...
"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.
"They make a captain look good to be honest."
Kohli said the Test series win in Australia was by far his best achievement in cricket.
"When we won the World Cup in 2011, I was the youngest member of the side. I saw all the people getting emotional but I didn't really feel what they felt."
He's feeling it now.
"Here we stand with the most outstanding result we can think of," he said.
India came here late last year as the world's top-ranked Test nation. Many people rightly asked how much the official ICC rankings really mean when India had failed to beat England and South Africa on their home patches in recent series.
We now know the rankings are accurate. While this is a historically weak Australian team, India still did what no Indian team before them had achieved in 72 years.
They're the best there is.
And us? We'll know more after the upcoming two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which for the record is the fifth versus sixth battle on current Test rankings.
If Australia can't beat Sri Lanka at home, god help us in The Ashes in England later this year -- with or without the returning Steve Smith and Dave Warner.
Meanwhile, Australian captain Tim Paine was magnanimous in defeat.
"You have to tip your hat to India. We know how difficult it is to win overseas, first time it's ever been done, so well done to those guys," he said.
"In Melbourne and Sydney we were outplayed in all departments."
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was named man-of-the-series for his three centuries and 521 runs overall at an average of 74.
"I think for me the first 100 was special. Once you start off well you know that you're a very good chance of winning the series," he said.
"I would definitely say so," Pujara added, when asked if this is the best Indian squad he's been a part of.
"The way they've bowled has been remarkable."
As mentioned, that's pretty much the story. India batted and bowled better than Australia, and by a fair way too. It's as simple as that.
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