India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace after they ensured that they would finish the season as the No.1 Test side. Though India could not seal the Test series in South Africa, they competed hard against a strong host and managed to win the Johannesburg Test to finish with the scoreline of 2-1.

ICC Cricket Hall of Famers, Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock presented Indian captain Virat Kohli the mace after India clinched the final T20I at Cape Town by seven runs. The team also received the prize money of USD 1 million.

ICC released a video on social media where Kohli thanked fans around the world for their relentless support.

“Having received the ICC Test mace twice in a row is a very special feeling for all of us in the Indian cricket team and the support staff as well. I want to thank all the fans of the Indian cricket team all around the world for making this possible – for supporting us in big numbers where ever we play and motivating us in the tough times.

“We promise you that we will keep the hard work going, we will try to entertain as much as possible and keep Indian cricket as high as we can for as many years as possible,” Kohli said before describing the success as a “collective effort” from the team and the fans.

Kohli’s video after receiving the mace.

Kohli’s message to the fans.

Kohli scored 871 runs in the tour of South Africa. He scored a Test hundred at Centurion in the second Test and was by far the best Indian player of the show. Kohli has been rested for the tri-series T20I in Sri Lanka and his next assignment will be the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).