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We are not going to stop, ready for Sydney: Virat Kohli after historic Boxing Day Test win

first_imgVirat Kohli was a pleased and relieved captain as India completed the job of picking up the final two Australian wickets and win the third Test by 137 runs in Melbourne on Sunday.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India needed just 5.3 overs in the second session to bowl Australia out for 261, the second time in two days, and secure a historic victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Kohli will retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy as India, who had cliched the trophy last year after winning the series 4-1 at home, took an unbeatable 2-1 series lead after this Test win.”We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney.”We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re ready for the final game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Kohli led from the front as he so often does. In the first innings, he battled a stiff back and scored 82 in a 170-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who hit his 17th Test hundred.Kohli has been in sensational form this year – he scored 1322 runs including five hundreds but his captaincy raised some serious questions in South Africa, England and even in Australia when he chose to go in to the Perth Test without a spinner.advertisementHowever, Kohli seemed to have learn from his mistakes in Melbourne. With plenty at stake, Kohli dropped his two regular openers and gave Mayank Agarwal a maiden Test cap. Hanuma Vihari was promoted up the order to open the innings with Agarwal.Rohit Sharma, who missed out the Perth Test due to injury came back in the side and scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015. Ravindra Jadeja picked up crucial wickets while the fast bowlers continued to live up to their captain’s high expectations.”Our first-class cricket is amazing, which is why we won. Credit must go to first-class set-up in India, which challenges our fast bowlers in India, and that helps them abroad. Agarwal showed great character on Boxing Day. And Pujara has always been composed, so we just wanted a big partnership. And the fact that Vihari batted so long in the first innings, it allowed us to bat more confidently. And Rohit’s 60-odd as well,” the Indian captain said.Kohli’s decision to not enforce the follow-on after taking a 292-run first innings lead also raised a few eyebrows. Allan Border said he was surprised with India’s move. Many felt the rain which had been forecast for the weekend could rob India of a memorable win.”It’s a good thing I don’t read any comments or opinions (on not enforcing the follow on). I wanted us to bat more, and add some more runs, because batting would be difficult on day four and five.”We knew that it would be tough for Australia, but credit to our bowlers, especially Jasprit (Bumrah). The three fast bowlers have broken the record for most wickets by pacers in a calendar year for a team, which is brilliant. I certainly feel proud as a captain when they bowl in partnerships. No one is looking to out-bowl each other,” Kohli added.Kohli had the last laugh as India wrapped up a historic victory. He will now be eager to go over to Sydney and win the first ever Test series for India in Australia.last_img read more