Cheteshwar Pujara was the pick of the batsmen for Team India after he slammed his 18th Test century as the elegant batter continued his bright run of form with the willow. Opener Mayank Agarwal once again impressed with the bat after playing a knock of 77 runs before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon, whereas, KL Rahul continued his torrid form with the bat as he was sent packing early in the innings for a score of nine.
India's performance was better than ever before. Australia fought hard but they did feel a notch lower than their opponents. T20Is shared , Tests to India. Over to the final leg of the tour, the over format after a gap of 4 days now. Join us for the coverage of that!
Till then, take care and goodbye. Time for the trophy presentation! The whole Indian team as well as the team management comes and joins their skipper on the podium. The newest entrant to the team, Mayank Agarwal holds the trophy aloft, it has been the tradition for some time now. Time for the shutterbugs!
What an incredible achievement for Indian cricket! Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli walks forward for an interview amidst a huge cheer from the crowd.
Says that he has never been more proud to be a part of this team. Says that their transition started here when he became captain and winning the series for the first time in this country.
Is delighted to be a part of this team, lead them and he feels honored. Praises all his boys for their outstanding contribution. Of all his achievements, he considers it his best, top of the pile.
States that this will give his team a different identity and they can inspire the young generation. On the performance, Kohli replies that they just wanted to do the basics right and not be flamboyant. A special mention for Pujara by the Indian captain as he adds that especially after the kind of series he had the last time, he took it in his stride and also is the nicest man around.
Lauds Mayank as well and praises him for the way he stepped in and batted like a champion. As a batting group, Kohli says that everyone contributed and mentions Pant's batting also which was impactful.
On their bowling, Kohli replies that the way the bowlers have dictated terms is something he has not seen or experienced before.
Opines that this is the stepping stone for them and says that they believed in themselves and now have the result to back that belief. Adds that they have been honest with their work and want to take the Indian cricket forward. Hopes that this is the stepping stone for great things to come in future.
On the home team, Kohli feels that every team goes thorugh a transition period and wishes Australia all the best for future. Smiles and says that they all deserver to celebrate and enjoy themselves and sink in that feeling that they have won.
Thanks the crowd for all the support. Australian skipper, Tim Paine agrees that India were the better team and it is a huge thing to go overseas and win a Test series, congratulates them for the same. Feels that they were outplayed over the course of the series obviously but also mentions they did fight hard and is proud of his boys.
Adds that the visitors played better more often than them and took the series win deservedly. Says there are a lot of positives to be taken out of the series and a learning curve for all the boys, especially the bowling attack which is one of the best in the world he feels. Looks forward to the series coming up against Sri Lanka and the Ashes later on.
Reckons they have to just be positive and try to keep working harder as they prepare for the future series by putting their foot down and working relentlessly. Opines that there is a lot of talent in the country, even not playing currently.
He tells them to keep playing and scoring runs, in his words 'that is the currency in cricket'. Ends by saying that he is not under any mental pressure and the team will take a couple of days off before heading off to play for their respective BBL franchises.
Praises the way they prepared themselves and worked on the plans and advises the young bowlers back home to learn from them.
Player of the Match and Series, Cheteshwar Pujara walks to the podium with a big smile on his face. The crowd is making a lot of noise.
He says that it's a great feeling for them and they have worked hard to win a series, particularly in this country.
Adds that he is pleased with the effort. Further says that the Adelaide hundred was really special. Mentions that as a batsman you just need to get used to the pace and bounce, something he has worked on and playing county cricket has helped him improve his technique.
Congratulates all the fast bowlers and spinners for the way they bowled which he feels is remarkable. Informs that he will be playing some FC cricket back home and some county cricket as well.
Adds that he wants to play white-ball cricket but Test cricket will always remain his priority. Thus all in all, what started off as a competitive series in Adelaide with the hosts fighting till the end and losing, then coming back in Perth to square the series , just turned out too easy in the end for India.
It felt like Australia ran out of steam mid-way and the visitors took full toll of it. Melbourne was a thrashing of sorts and Sydney could have been worse if not for the weather coming to the hosts' rescue.
In the end, a result that could have been easily The scoreline won't matter as much to the Indians as the fact that they won their first Test series Down Under and retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy in style.
Stay tuned for the final presentation of the Test series. Even in the bowling department, the Indians were much more dogged in their approach and did not let the hosts off the hook.
The pace troika of Bumrah, Shami and Ishant worked relentlessly and played a massive role in the absence of Ashwin post the Adelaide Test.
Lyon and to an extent, Cummins were brilliant but Hazlewood and Starc were a mere shadow of themselves on this tour. The fielding was also good at most parts during the series from both teams. What stood out glaringly though was the instinctive captaincy of Virat Kohli.
Make no mistake, Paine was inspirational and did the best with the resources at his disposal but Kohli was one step ahead, forcing the things he wanted with constant changes to the field and bowling, especially in the final two Tests.
All of these small factors added up to help India reach this monumental, never seen before success in Australian soil. If one goes to see, throughout the series, India has been considerably better at all 3 aspects. The fact that Pujara alone had 3 centuries and the Aussies had none underlines their inability to play long knocks which was the need of the hour.
India declared their last three innings of the tour whereas Australia found it difficult to bat big with being their highest team score of the series.
The Indian openers who started off the tour, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay were both dropped after a poor string of scores. Mayank Agarwal who came in as a replacement to Prithvi Shaw took his place in the playing XI and played really well in the 2 games he got.
Rishabh Pant outscoring Virat Kohli in the series really tells us a lot too. As for the Aussies, Marcus Harris and Travis Head were the two batsmen who really tried their best and it still wasn't good enough.