It took 71 years for team India to finally achieve a Test series win in Australia. Several teams and captains tried over the years but every time, the Australians proved to be too good. But a young bunch of side finally created history in 2018-19. The captain-coach duo of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri was ecstatic after the epic win.
While Kohli considered this victory bigger than his World Cup triumph in 2011, Shastri felt it was greater than his victory in the 1983 World Cup. Kohli was the youngest member of the World Cup winning squad in 2011. Now, he has developed himself into an experienced lad who knows what it’s like to win in Australia.
“It has to be right on the top of the pile [of my achievements]. When we won the World Cup in 2011, I was the youngest member of the side. I saw people around me getting emotional, but I didn’t feel what they felt,” said Kohli.
“Having been to this country for the third time now and to understand what we’ve achieved here has never been done before, we can be proud of it. This win will give us a different identity as an Indian team and can inspire kids to do the same for the country going forward,” added the Indian captain.
“I will tell you how satisfying this is for me. World Cup 1983, World Championship 1985…this is as big or even bigger because this is in the truest format of the game, that is Test cricket,” Shastri said in the post-match conference.
Kohli poured praises on the team
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were seen celebrating with joy after the victory. The victory was even more special as the whole team contributed. It wasn’t just about individual performances that led to the historic victory but a collective team effort. The Indian captain applauded the team and mentioned that the squad made his captaincy look good.
“I’ve never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we’ve been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I’m proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely, deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement,” added Kohli.
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