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This was the best Test series we ever played, say Kohli and Smith

India won the Test series 2-1 and retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

By Jatin Sharma -

India just wrapped up the Border-Gavaskar series 2017 by defeating Australia 2-1 in the four match series. They won the last and deciding Test at Dharamshala by 8 wickets and that too Virat Kohli missing the match due to shoulder injury.

Australian skipper Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that the series was a lot closer than it seemed as both team gave it their all. Both teams saw injury taking out their key players as Australia lost Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh and India saw Virat Kohli sitting out of the deciding final Test at Dharamshala.

Steve Smith had a fabulous series with the bat as he amassed 499 runs with three brilliant centuries. Smith also saw himself staring in the eye of the storm in Bengaluru after his controversial decision to ask members in pavilion for DRS referral. Smith however was elated how the series was played, despite his team losing the series.

He said, "Probably one of the best series I have been part of...The way we have been able to compete in the series is the biggest takeaway from the series. We probably let a few moments slip and you can't do that against a team like India. It is a young side and this has been a great learning curve for everyone."

Indian captain Virat Kohli, who missed this Test due to a shoulder injury said, “This is our best series win so far. When we beat England I thought it was really intense but this was great. The way Australia gave us a fight and our boys kept bouncing back was great to see.”

He also applauded the fitness levels of his team, especially that of fast bowler Umesh Yadav and other pacemen. He said that their peak fitness had helped the spinners in the team to dominate the home season, starting from the South Africa series.

Smith on the other hand rued lost opportunities, but credited the Indian team for taking chances and making things work during different phases in the series. Smith also regretted letting his emotions take over and rendered his apology for his behavior.

"I really wanted to do for the team and lead the team from the front. I have let the emotions get the better of me at times and I apologise for that. It has been a great learning curve for me as well as a leader," he said.

Jatin Sharma

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