New Delhi, Dec 10, News24 Bureau: On Monday, Team India made history by defeating Australia by 31 runs on the fifth and final day of the first Test. Indian Captain Virat Kohli celebrated this win in a unique way. Kohli's face was clearly showing his immense happiness. Team India beat Australia for the first time in the first Test of the series in their home ground.
And with this win India captain Virat Kohli also became the first Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa. Earlier, the former Indian captain MS Dhoni and Rahul Dravid won Test matches as captains in England and South Africa but not in Australia.
After the win, Kohli said India could press for a win in every Test match if the batsmen put their hands up to give the bowlers a good total to defend. "Super proud (of the bowlers), to have four bowlers and take 20 wickets is a great achievement. Something that we haven't done in the past. "Shows us that if the batsmen step up regularly, we will be gunning for a win in every Test match. Collectively we were the better team and deserved to win," he said.
Heaping praises on No.3 bat Cheteshwar Pujara for batting the team out of trouble with knocks of 123 and 71, Kohli termed it as a "priceless" effort from the Saurashtra right-hander. "Priceless from Pujara, we were down and out at lunch on day 1. His grit and determination brought us back in it. "We always knew that runs on the board would make the home side tentative. Any lead was gold and we got 15. In the second innings again, he and Rahane batted well," he added.
Asked if the team was frustrated with the spirited fight from the Australian tailenders, specially Mitchell Starc, Pat Cumming and Nathan Lyon, whose contributions down the order almost gave India a scare, Kohli said the mantra was to "stay calm". "These things happen in Tests, ups and downs through a game.
You need to just stay calm. "Odds were stacked against them. They fought really well but we executed our plans well and got that last wicket which were intending to get. "I wouldn't say I was cool as ice but you just don't try to show it. Jasprit (Bumrah) was getting worked up in his last over but I just told him to relax," he added.
Meanwhile, Australian skipper Tim Paine had no hesitation in admitting that the knocks from Pujara proved to be the difference between the two sides eventually. "That's (Pujara's innings) the difference between the two sides. Really hard to get him (Pujara) out," Paine said. "It's pretty shattering really. Proud of the fight from the lower order. A well-deserved win for India. "We got to cope with the belief that we can win this Test series, we just need someone in our top six to go big," he added.
With inputs of IANS
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