India caught memorable series victory against Australia, with an 8-wicket win in the fourth Test in Dharamsala, hence reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. On Day 4, KL Rahul hit fifty as India reached the target very quick in a session. Captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a quick-fire 38 off 27 balls.
However, Kohli had a bad news for fans. “It is still a few weeks to go for me to be 100 percent on the field (talking about his shoulder injury),” Virat said.
“Unbelievable feeling. I think this was the best series win we have had so far. The way the guys handled situations and the way Ajinkya captained was amazing. The changes made to out fitness regime has paid off I guess,” Virat Kohli says.
“In the past, we might have given away the game in a few sessions, but the way we fought was amazing. There has not been one of two individuals that have stood, it’s been a team season. A lot of credit has to go to all the boys. The kind of fitness they have shown and the desire to win was brilliant to watch,” Captain Smith stated after losing the match.
“Really happy as a captain, unfortunately, Virat got injured. We decided during lunch time on Day 1 that if we take one wicket – only Smith and Warner were scoring the runs – we can put pressure. We all had confidence in Kuldeep. I felt the bowlers from the other end also maintained the pressure,” Rahane, the captain, says.
“The kind of bowling Umesh, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami did throughout the season was good to watch. I was just thinking about the Sri Lanka game when we lost chasing 130 odd runs. So I just wanted to play positively. Credit to Australia for fighting hard. I felt this was the best wicket (of the series),” he added.
“Really happy to be part of this No. 1 team. When I was batting, I was just thinking that I will take my time, but whatever Wade chirped from behind the stumps motivated me,” says Jadeja while receiving Man Of the Match as well as Man Of The Series Trophy.
“To finish off like this after being 0-1 down, fabulous. It was important for the team to stand up after Virat’s injury and Rahane led the team well. After losing the toss the bowlers did well to restrict them. I think the fast bowlers have bowled well throughout the season; especially yesterday to see Umesh and Bhuvi running in like that.” coach Kumble said.
Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round show has propelled India to this winning position. The left-hander top-scored with 63 to help India surpass Australia’s first-innings total of 300 and then snared three wickets with his spin bowling as the visitors crumbled.