Virat Kohli amassed 692 runs in the four Tests against Australia at an average of 86.50 © Getty Images
Virat Kohli amassed 692 runs in the four Tests against Australia at an average of 86.50 © Getty Images

Jan 10, 2014

After an engrossing final day of the fourth and last Test of the India-Australia series, which saw India draw the Test in dramatic fashion, at Sydney, skipper, Virat Kohli said the result was “satisfying, but crossing the line would have been better.”

India managed to get a draw by the skin of their teeth as they were seven wickets down, with about 12 overs yet to go but Bhuvneshwar Kumar came out to the middle and alongside Ajinkya Rahane took India to safety. Kohli lauded their effort saying “they showed a lot of intent.”

Kohli thanked the Indian supporters and joked about the Australian crowds. “Thanks to all the Indian people who have supported us and the Australian crowd who’s given us a tough time,” he said. He also emphasized on the need to find bowlers who could “step up and deliver.” “We need to identify such talent and get them in the squad,” he added.

Amassing an impressive 692 runs at an average of 86.50 he said, “Personally for me, it’s a very satisfying series. Was important to score runs after the England series.” He also lauded KL Rahul’s effort with the bat. “KL Rahul was very calm and composed coming from a difficult first Test,” he said. He also claimed that the “Australians may have enjoyed the fight put up by the Indian side.”

He lauded the way Australia dominated despite the coming off the tragic period of the death of their teammate Phillip Hughes just a few days before the series.  “Australia showed great character coming off that (Phillip Hughes) incident,” he said.

When asked about off India’s chances at the ICC World Cup 2015 he said, “We can win the World Cup if we believe in ourselves.” The tournament starts on February 14th in Australia and New Zealand and India will now look to shift focus on the upcoming tri-series involving Australia and England in Australia itself as it will be vital match practice going into the mega-event.