Indian captain Virat Kohli broke several records as India beat Australia 2-1 in the Test series, after the fourth Test in Sydney was abandoned due to rain
Virat Kohli on Monday became the first captain to lead India to a Test series win in Australia. India and Australia played out a draw in the fourth Test after continuous rainfall on the last two days of the match disrupted proceedings and washed away Australia’s chances of equalizing the series. With the anti-climax, India won the series 2-1.
Kohli became the first Indian captain to record two overseas series win with victories in three matches.
The 33-year-old had previously led India to a historic whitewash in a Test series against Sri Lanka in 2017. Kohli also became the first Indian skipper to register three Test match wins in a series outside the Asian subcontinent in 50 years. It was Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who had done the same with a 3-1 series win against New Zealand in 1967-68.
With the series win, Kohli also surpassed Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in overseas conditions in Tests format with 12 wins to his name. He also joined an elite list, comprising of Bishan Singh Bedi and Mushtaq Mohammad, in becoming the most successful Asian captain in Tests in Australia with three wins.
Cheteshwar Pujara, batting at number three, stood head and shoulders above the rest with 521 runs in the series. Not surprisingly, he was adjudged as the Man of the Match, and Man of the Series.
“It’s a great feeling for all of us. We’ve been working really hard to win a series overseas. And especially doing it in this country, it’s never easy. First hundred was special, scoring it in Adelaide and going 1-0 up is something which we were all aiming for. When you do that, there’s a good chance of winning the series,” Pujara said at the post-match ceremony.
Virat Kohli, said- I have never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here. Our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can’t believe that after four years we’ve won here. Just one word to say, ‘proud’, to lead this team and it’s an honor and privilege. The boys make the captain look good. By far, this is my biggest achievement. It’s at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn’t feel it. Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we’ve been able to achieve
The skipper went on to praise Pujara for a fantastic series and youngster Mayank Agarwal for stepping up at the top of the order.
“Want to give a special mention to Pujara. He’s one guy always willing to accept things. He’s the nicest man around. Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too. To come in on Boxing Day and play like that against a high-quality attack. Someone like Rishabh (Pant) as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks,” Kohli said. Agarwal had been brought in for the third and fourth Tests with India not getting the required starts under KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.