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After test series win, Kohli praises Ganguly’s winning habit
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After test series win, Kohli praises Ganguly’s winning habit

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After snatching an impressive test series win, Indian skipper Virat Kohli praised the mindset of newly-appointed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and how he ushered in this aggressive style of play.

Thanking Ganguly for cultivating a winning habit at the time of his captaincy, Indian captain added that the current team is "just carrying it forward".

India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in the second Test to complete a 2-0 clean sweep over Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. This is India's third consecutive clean sweep in Tests. "The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada's team and we are just carrying it forward," India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

"The bowling group now is fearless and they believe in themselves playing against any batsman. We are reaping the rewards for all the hard work we put in the last 3-4 years," he added.

This was India's first-ever day-night Test and after making an impressive debut with the pink ball. Praising the support from the crowd, Kohli said: "The numbers have only gotten better. I think yesterday was even more than Day 1 and we didn't expect so many people would turn up today especially us having chance of finishing the game very early, but still to see so many people witnessing an Indian win in the stadium is special and I think it sets a great example and also reiterates the point I made about Test centres".

Kohli was the top-scorer with 136 runs, including 18 boundaries. Ishant Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief for India as he claimed a five-wicket haul to bowl out Bangladesh. Later, a five-wicket haul by Umesh Yadav, also helped India to wrap Bangladesh too early. Heaping praise on his fast bowlers, Kohli said: "Only your belief can make you win. If you feel fast bowlers are not in the game then you are already into a negative mindset. With the way these guys are bowling now, they can pick up wickets on any surface at home or away." He also didn’t forget to shower praise on the spinners: Even the spinners, if they play away from home, they should have the belief that they can take a fifer. So I think it’s all about the mindset you walk in with. If you have a set template saying I might not be bowling that much in the game, then your body language is such... These guys are very hungry and I feel we are in the right kind of space to capitalise on opportunities and everyone is enjoying playing in this team. That’s the standout feature about us”.