India's captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday described the 2-1 triumph over Australia as his side's best series win so far, saying his highly motivated teammates give it right back when they were poked.
Virat KohliRegardless 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
The feisty batsman was in the Australian media's line of fire after stopping just short of calling rival captain Steve Smith a cheat for his infamous 'Brain Fade' while deciding to take a review in the second Test at Bengaluru. Brushing the criticism aside, Kohli said he hardly cares for what was spoken or written about him Down Under.
Virat KohliSome 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 is different.
Kohli said he has thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of leading a motivated side.
Virat KohliI 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. It’s been unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. The way we bounced back from World number 7 to number 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 added.
He lauded stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane for the dominating eight-wicket win in the fourth Test, which concluded on the fourth day today.
Virat KohliAjinkya led the team really well. It was very pleasing to see that from the outside.
Kohli said that his team's improved fitness helped in taking the rigours of a long home season, which included series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Virat KohliThe changes we made in our fitness regimen have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season. 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.
Heaping praise on the pacers, Kohli said:
Unbelievable, the kind of fitness and desire the fast bowlers have shown, it has been game-changing.
Speaking about his recovery from the shoulder niggle, Kohli said he will be back to full fitness in a few weeks.
Virat KohliIt’s still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 per cent on the field. You have to take it in your stride and move forward.
(With inputs from PTI)