Sydney (The Telegraph): India won only 25 per cent of their Test matches in 2011, but Rahul Dravid finished as the leading scorer (1,145 runs) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ended the year as the most successful 'keeper (50 dismissals). It's a first for both.
Additionally, Virat Kohli finished as the leading scorer in ODIs — 1,381 runs. An absolute first for him as well.
On Saturday morning, The Telegraph spoke to all three toppers at Melbourne airport. The following are excerpts:
DRAVID (No.1 Test batsman in 2011): It's a nice statistic, but I'm rather blase about such things... There's work to be done (in the ongoing series).
DHONI (No.1 Test 'keeper in 2011): That I've been the most successful means that our bowlers have done well! They made the batsmen offer catches and also gave me the opportunity for stumpings... I realise we didn't do well as a team and the 0-4 defeat in England dragged us down. Next year, we'll be playing a lot at home, which should be an advantage.
KOHLI (No.1 ODI batsman in 2011): Of course, it feels good... To have topped in the year we won the World Cup makes it more special... I'd definitely like to do well in Test cricket too... People have been saying things, but the MCG Test was only my fifth and the first in Australia... I've never got desperate in ODIs and don't intend being so in the Tests.