Indian coach Ravi Shastri continued heaping praises of his captain Virat Kohli, for his historic Test series triumph against Australia. India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by winning the series in Australia 2-1, and former player and current coach Shastri credited Kohli’s captaincy as a major factor in that victory. 

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“Tactically I think we outsmarted Australia. And a lot of credit should go to Virat Kohli's leadership on the field.” said Shastri. He added “We wanted to experiment with combinations and find out what suits the team best and take it forward from there. So we learned a heck of a lot in South Africa, we learned a lot in England. We made mistakes, which we didn't make in this series. We learned from those mistakes.”

Shastri also commended the collective performance of his group of players in this series victory. "So the most satisfying part of it was it was a team working towards this goal over the last 12 months.” he said. 

India lost away series’ to South Africa and England 2-1 and 4-1 respectively in 2018, but ended the year on a high with this series victory in the land Down Under. Team India’s next challenge will be the ODI series against the Aussies followed by a limited overs series against neighbouring New Zealand.