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India Vs Australia: History Made As Virat Kohli Leads India Win Maiden Series After 71 Years

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| January 7 , 2019 , 13:14 IST

India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia on Monday by a margin of 2-1.

The result was confirmed at the SCG on a dreary day five when a ball wasn’t bowled and as the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded in a draw. Having won the Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne, the number one-ranked Indian Test team clinched the four-Test. The final Test in Sydney was abandoned due to rain on Monday

Australia captain Tim Paine admitted his side was comprehensively outplayed in the third and fourth Tests but lamented a missed opportunity in Adelaide.

“We’re definitely disappointed with the last two Tests, no doubt. We had chances to win in Adelaide and India outplayed us in big moments,” he said after the series.

He further said, “In Perth, we played a good game of cricket but we were outplayed in all departments in Melbourne and Sydney. You have to tip your hat to India. We know how difficult it is winning overseas so congratulations to Virat (Kohli), Ravi (Shastri) and your team, it’s a huge effort and the first time it’s ever been done."

India captain Virat Kohli felt proud of becoming the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia after 11 unsuccessful tours for the nation dating back to 1947.

“I’ve never been more proud to be part of a team than this one. It has to be my best achievement, when we won the World Cup in 2011, I was the youngest player in the team. This series win will give us a different identity as a team,” he said.

"The culture we've built... our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can't believe that after four years we've won here. Just one word to say, 'proud', to lead this team and it's an honour and privilege. The boys make the captain look good," Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Kohli said this was by far his biggest achievement and accepted that he was emotional with this victory.

"By far, this is my biggest achievement. It's at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn't feel it. Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we've been able to achieve... something to be proud of."

Cheteshwar Pujara scored three centuries, including an epic 373-ball 193 in the Sydney Test and won the man of the match and man of the series awards.