On Tuesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has described the 2-1 victory over Australia as India’s best series win so far under him. He also said that his men are ready to give it right back when poked.
During an exclusive chat with ‘Star Sports’, Kohli said, "Regardless of whether we are on top or not, we speak, if something pokes us we speak and give it right back. All people don't digest it well but we take it very well and we give it back even better.”
Australian media badly criticized Kohli when he stopped just short of calling rival captain Steve Smith a cheat for his infamous DRS 'Brain Fade'. The run-machine is least bothered about what was spoken or written about him Down Under. He said, "Some people want to create some spice sitting at some part of the world. They don't confront such situations themselves. The easiest thing to do is to just sit at home and write a blog or speak on Mic but to go out there and bowl and bat are different.”
The flamboyant batsman also asserted that the Indian team is very motivated and he enjoys leading them, he said, "I like taking responsibility, every game that I play for India is an opportunity to do something special with my skills. I like getting involved in the game. The workload is something that needs to be kept in mind in future but right now when the body is responding well I am fine.”
He further elaborated, "It's been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from World No 7 to No. 1 has been an outstanding achievement and I am proud as a captain. I thought (the series against) England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back. We showed true character and maturity. The guys handled themselves well.”
Kohli also hailed praises for stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane, he said, "Ajinkya led the team really well. It was very pleasing to see that from the outside." Talking about the fitness level of the Indian team, Kohli said, "The changes we made in our fitness regimen have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season. Unbelievable, the kind of fitness and desire the fast bowlers have shown, it has been game-changing."
He further added, "In the past, we have had sessions where we have given away the game easily. Not this season. It has been a team season. Not one or two individuals who have stood out."
Talking about his recovery from the shoulder niggle, Kohli said, "It's still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 percent on the field. You have to take in your stride and move forward.”
While Rahane asserted that it was an all-round team effort as they managed to register an emphatic win. He said, "Really enjoyed the win. Credit to all the boys. Not only this series but to whoever has played this season. I am really happy as a captain. I thought our bowlers, batsmen and fielders, they all did well.”
Talking about his aggressive batting display, Jinx said: "In low-scoring games, you just need 30-40 quick runs in the middle. I was thinking of the Galle defeat when we got into our shell."
Ravindra Jadeja has been adjudged both as Man of Match and Man of the series, he said, "It really feels great to be the No. 1 Test bowler and being part of this champion Test side. When I batted, I was thinking to take my time and then Matthew Wade chirped from behind. That motivated me. If I can respond to him with runs, it will be great."
The Rajput boy credited his mentors and skipper for his performance, he said, "Coaches and captain have been telling me, I have the skill to bat long. I developed as a player overall. Some time ago people didn't consider me a Test bowler. This season is a good response to them.”
Talking about his bowling partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja said: "Ashwin and I maintain pressure from both ends. The variation of off-spinner and left-arm spinner also works well. It is difficult for any team to play such a combination. Hopefully, we can continue this outside India too."
Jadeja also said that if he gets to a century next time then he will celebrate with two bats as swords.