Indian captain Virat Kohli hailed the series win against Australia, the best of his series during his post-match conference. He was full of aggression and said that when someone pokes his teammates, they give a strong reply to that. “Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back. All people don’t digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better,” said Kohli while addressing the media. Even though Virat Kohli missed the Test because of an injury, he was very involved in the game. “Ajinkya led the team really well. It was very pleasing to see that from the outside. The changes we made in our fitness regimen have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season,” he said.
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Throughout the series, Virat Kohli was attacked by the Australian media but the Indian skipper once again mentioned that criticism doesn’t affect him. “Some people want to create some spice sitting at some part of the world. They don’t confront such situations themselves. The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on Mic but to go out there and bowl and bat is different,” he said.
Talking about his captaincy, Kohli said he enjoys playing under pressure and leading from the front. “I like taking responsibility, every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills. I like getting involved in the game. The workload is something that needs to be kept in mind in future but right now when the body is responding well I am fine,” he said. “In the past, we have had sessions where we have given away the game easily. Not this season. It has been a team season. Not one or two individuals who have stood out,” he added.
Kohli also praised the opposition for giving a tough fight to the Indian side. “I thought (the series against) England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back. we showed true character and maturity. The guys handled themselves well. It’s been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from World No 7 to No. 1 has been an outstanding achievement and I am proud as a captain.,” he added.
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Ajinkya Rahane, however, gave credit to his team for the brilliant performance. “Really enjoyed the win. Credit to all the boys. Not only this series but to whoever has played this season. I am really happy as a captain. I thought our bowlers, batsmen and fielders, they all did well. It really feels great to be the No. 1 Test bowler and being part of this champion Test side. In low-scoring games, you just need 30-40 quick runs in the middle. I was thinking of the Galle defeat when we got into our shell.” Rahane said.
(with inputs from PTI)