Sydney, Jan 7: After leading India to a historic Test series win here in Australia on Monday, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli said it is the most special moment of his career, adding that he is proud to lead such a skillful set of players.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, he said, "Firstly, I want to say I've never been more proud of being part of a team, than this one right here. The culture we've built, our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can't believe that after four years we've won here."
"Just one word to say, 'proud', to lead this team and it's an honour and privilege. The boys make the captain look good," the India skipper added.
The skipper rated the Test series win even above the World Cup, he said, "By far, this is my biggest achievement. It's at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn't feel it."
"Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we've been able to achieve... something to be proud of," Kohli further added.
Kohli feels that this win would give his side a new momentum ahead of the biggest cricket carnival in England this year.
"This series will give us a different identity as a team. What we've been able to achieve is something to be really proud of. That's something that we spoke about, just wanted to go back to basics, not be flamboyant," Kohli said.
He owed team's performance to their confidence, he said, "This is just a stepping stone for us. The average age is quite low, but most importantly we had the belief. We had that in SA and in England, and when you're working in the right direction then God knows you're honest."
"We want to do the best for Indian cricket, and this is outstanding, but it's just a stepping stone, he stated."
Talking about Australian cricket team, Kohli said that I am sure they will regroup as a side and make come back in the game.
"Australia are always going to be competitive. Every team goes through a transition, and their dominance kept world cricket exciting for so many years. I'm sure they'll regroup as a side and play some exciting cricket in the future. We all deserve to enjoy," Kohli concluded. (UNI)