Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kohli calls Indian victory against Australia his proudest ever moment

Kohli calls Indian victory against Australia his proudest ever moment

"So the most satisfying part of it [winning in Australia] was it was a team working towards this goal over the last 12 months", said Shastri.

After the win, Kohli conceded that it was the best moment of his career and it surpassed even the 2011 World Cup triumph. India was already the number one team in the world before the series began, with the win only shoring up their formidable reputation.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday congratulated the Indian cricket team after their historic 2-1 Test series triumph against Australia.

"The first hundred was special".

"It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests, five days a match, you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test match where we let ourselves down, or India outplayed us, and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take". "I'm happy with that", he added, noting that he has never had an issue communicating with Trevor Hohns' trio, emphasising the "difficult situation" they are also in through this disastrous period. "Runs are secondary. Play time", is what Shastri said and Pujara did what he does best - facing a total of 1258 deliveries for his 521 runs, a good 52.4 overs per Test. "That's how we recognise contributions, and we don't look at contribution as something that goes up on the honours' board", the eloquent skipper said.

"So having stuck to our tasks and executed what we wanted and having got the result we, as a team, feel complete".

"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". They conquered! History written and created by this bunch!

And it occurred way back in the first Test.

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Cricket is hugely popular in India and getting on top of Australia on home soil has been a key goal after 11 previous attempts.

"From where I see this is our vision for Indian cricket".

Other faithful fans also travelled from far and wide to Australia to cheer on their star cricketers.

"It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster", British-based Rakesh Patel, the founder of the supporters group Bharat Army, told AFP. But throughout the series, more often than not, when those big moments came up, Virat [Kohli] has scored runs, Pujara has scored runs, [Jasprit] Bumrah has bowled a great spell and we couldn't quite get through those moments.

For someone, who has time and again emphasized on team effort, Kohli said that Hanuma Vihari's dogged resistance against the new ball in an unfamiliar opening position was as critical as a century or big knock.

"Our plan is to celebrate with the team. We have faith in them going forward".

"It's hard to say when it's going to stop".

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