India Celebrate Historic Series Win with the ‘Pujara Dance’

Mitchell Marsh has struggled to nail down a spot in the Australian Test side

Mitchell Marsh has struggled to nail down a spot in the Australian Test side

The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli's tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honours Down Under.

Australia's two most experienced batsmen, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, scored one half-century apiece.

Australia then suffered the indignity of being forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years as Kohli twisted the knife.

The final pitch inspection proved a low-key end to India's maiden Test series win in Australia, arguably the greatest achievement of Virat Kohli's captaincy.

"It's a proud moment".

"We've all gone through those phases where you figure out what needs to be done and it's just mindset", Kohli said.

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"The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake".

"I think what we've been able to achieve is something we should be very proud of", Kohli added.

"As we've touched on a lot, we've got some other guys who are not far off returning as well".

He said he was really disappointed to lose the Test series and the team felt the absence of a few players (banned Steve Smith and David Warner).

India got the series off to the best possible start by winning the tight opening Test in Adelaide by 31 runs on the fifth day - their first Test win in Australia in a decade. "We had our chances in Adelaide, and in Perth I thought we played some good cricket, but in Melbourne and Sydney, we've been outplayed". India had two of the three highest wicket takers with paceman Jasprit Bumrah proving an admirable and reliable spearhead.

'You can see that hunger and that passion to win for India.

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The Indian side registered a 1-0 win in the three-match series against England in 2007 to pull back their first-ever Test series win in the country after 21 years.

'They take ownership of their skills. "At times they bowled really well in this series and at times they didn't", he acknowledged.

It was there, and the subsequent tour of England, that he and coach Ravi Shastri identified the attacking brand of cricket that they wanted to play, all in preparation for Australia.

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"If the same batting unit can go out there more confident and believe that they can do it, then definitely it can be done".

"That's why India won this series, their best players stood up in the big moments - when they were falling behind in a game one of their good players dragged them back into the contest, or when they were in front of the game they put their foot on us and put us out of the game like they did in Sydney and Melbourne".

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