New Delhi: India might have beaten Australia in Dharamsala to win the series but Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and their teammates will have to accept th efact that the Aussies finished a very close second. In the end, it came down to that post lunch session on Day 3 of the Dharamsala Test, which tilted the balance in favour of India.
It was a fiercely contested series both on and off the pitch and both the captains, Virat Kohli and Steven Smith, during the post match press conference agreed that it was perhaps one of the best series that they have been part of in their fairly young Test careers.
Steven Smith, who finished the series as the highest run-getter with 499 runs, conceded that irrespective of the result, this was the best that he has seen his young team play.
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who had to sit out of the crucial Dharamsala Test due to an injury, said that this victory was even better than the one over England because the team had to come back from behind.
Kohli credited the fitness of his teammates for pulling through an extremely long and competitive home season and also praised the pace bowlers for their lionhearted effort.
"The changes made to the fitness regime has paid off. Despite playing limited overs cricket most of the boys managed to pull it off. This has been a team season, in both bowling and batting department the responsibility has been shared and that is the only way that you become no 1.
Steven Smith on the other hand credited his young team for showing great character and giving Team India a fight in their own backyard.
"We had our opportunities, but credit to India for making the most of their chances. India is one of the toughest places to tour and the fact that we could adapt and challenge India at home was grea," Smith said.
In a candid admission the Australian captain accepted the fact that he let his "emotions get the better of him" at times and also rendered an apology.
"I really wanted to do for the team and lead the team from the front. I have let the emotions get the better of me at times and I apologise for that. It has been a great learning curve for me as well as a leader," he said.