Historic test series for India ends with a whimper

Historic test series for India ends with a whimper

Australia are "kidding themselves" if they think the return of Steve Smith and David Warner is the answer to all their problems and a serious overhaul is needed if they are to win the Ashes this year, former England captain Michael Vaughan has said.

Virat Kohli says captaining India to their first Test series victory in Australia is the "proudest" moment of his career.

"On flat, good batting pitches, Australia really struggled as it is on those tracks that weaknesses are highlighted", Vaughan said of their performances during the India series.

Things turned out to be a bit of anti-climactic in the end as India had a fair chance of adding insult to the injury with a 3-1 victory margin as they got the home team to follow-on in their den for the first time in 30 years after scoring 622 in their only innings. Sometimes that was due to the pressure they were put under by Indian batsmen.

"It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test 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", said the wicketkeeper. "Because that Dukes ball, it buries egos pretty quickly". You have to curb yourself down and do the hard yards. You have to be patient as a batsman.

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"To be passionate for Test cricket firstly". About his patience everybody knows, he has got heaps of it.

In Australia, Pant amassed 350 runs in seven innings, the second highest after Cheteshwar Pujara, while behind the stumps he broke the record for most catches - 20 - by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series. "Rishabh came up with it and we just joined in".

Yet, Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri erred in dropping him for a Test against England last summer.

Skipper Kohli, who has always focussed on the endeavour to make his team the best travelling side, has been finally able to walk the talk after the disappointments in South Africa and England where poor batting let the team down during some of the defining sessions.

"It is a young bunch of guys and to have that belief to keep striving for excellence on a daily basis and to get a reward like this we definitely have to be happy". The group of bowlers we have in this team have been fantastic for quite a while now.

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