Team India captain and coach Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri addressed a news briefing shortly after India scripted history by winning its first test series away in Australia in 71 years of trying. India conquered Australia 2-1 after the fourth and final test was washed out with India holding a commanding position on Day 5.
A combative Shastri pulled no punches about the significance of the win, stating that it was up there with his two biggest successes as part of the Indian setup, including the 1983 World Cup and the 1985 World Championship series, in which he had been man of the series. Shastri also said that as a result of this win, this current Team India could look any of its predecessors in the eye and claim that they know how to play test cricket at the highest level.
"It's 12 months. This tour didn't start in Australia. We said we'd play a certain brand of cricket and take it forward from there", Shastri said, giving an account of how the big win was no flash in the pan.
Captain Kohli was similarly bullish, speaking about how his wasn't a team that played only to win a session or to win a day, but had its eyes set on the big prize.
"If you have to win a series, you have to play as a team", Kohli said, expounding on how open discussions about the team's earlier shortcomings was critical to this win.
Kohli also highlighted something interesting, asking fans and mediapersons to examine just how well India had performed in those matches in which it had won the toss, stating that in those matches, the opposition hadn't come anywhere close to India.
India dominated the series in Australia, with even the 2-1 result not adequately reflecting the direction the series took, with India on course to win the fourth and final match as well - the hosts' blushes only being saved by rain putting a halt to play. Cheteshwar Pujara, who batted heroically through the series, scoring three centuries, was named man of the series.