Series win tops 2011 World Cup success, says Virat Kohli

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"The series win will give us a different identity".

"They make a captain look good to be honest". "Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too, he stood up as a champion on Boxing Day".

While India now gear up to switch format, Kohli's biggest takeaway will be the confidence before they start their perparations for the ODI World Cup.

Whether it was the awkward angles along created by Bumrah along with some incisive movements, Mohammed Shami getting it to rip on occasions, Ishant Sharma hitting the right length over after over, India never had it so good in terms of consistency in overseas conditions. Hats off to them, the way they've prepared, their fitness levels, and their mindset. The discussion is always about how to take wickets, and then they dictate their plans to me.

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Kohli said that while this may be a great achievement, it is only a stepping stone for the Indian Test setup.

"We learnt from those mistakes (made in South Africa and England) and fired at home - properly. We want to do the best for Indian cricket, and this is outstanding, but it's just a stepping stone", he said.

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"Every team goes through a transition, their dominance kept world cricket exciting for so many years".

Bumrah needed just four balls at Peter Handscomb to remove the recalled batsman for 37, tempting him to play a delivery outside off that took the inside edge and dislodged the bails. With their full focus on how to decode Kohli's genius, Australian team led by an out of depth Tim Paine realised late that Pujara has struck from the "blind side" with his near ideal defensive technique and three hundreds.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 521 runs and faced a whopping 1258 balls.

The 30-year-old Pujara was all praise for the bowling attack. "The most satisfying part of it was a team that was working towards this goal over the last 12 months", the coach said about improving as a team. And I would also like to congratulate all our bowlers.

It was a huge relief for the home side, having not won a Test since the ball-tampering "sandpapergate" scandal that rocked worldwide cricket last March.

"I think what we've been able to achieve is something we should be very proud of", Kohli added.

"I have only one word to say - that I'm proud, firstly as part of the team, then to lead these players which is an honour and a privilege".

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