Virat Kohli celebrates India’s first Test series success In Australia in 71 years and then warns Aussies: ‘Don’t take your egos to the Ashes’
- India claimed their historic first-ever victory in a Test series Down Under
- The 2-1 win was confirmed when fifth day of fourth Test was washed out
- Kohli warned Australia must ditch their dashing approach in England
Virat Kohli has warned Australia not to turn up for the Ashes later this year unless they leave their egos behind.
Speaking in the aftermath of India’s maiden Test series win on Australian soil, Kohli’s batting tips for facing James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Co focused on ditching dashing approaches for diligent ones.
The India captain is well equipped to offer such advice, having suffered his biggest personal dip in form on the 2014 tour when he struggled to cope with the lavish swing and seam movement promoted by atmospheric conditions and averaged 13.4.
The Indian team celebrate their historic first-ever victory in a Test series Down Under
Captain Virat Kohli kisses the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after India’s 2-1 series triumph
There was delight for the India team as they ended a 71-year wait for a series win in Australia
Australia vs India series results and fixtures
First Test (Adelaide) – December 6-10
India won by 31 runs
Second Test (Perth) – December 14-18
Australia won by 146 runs
Third Test (Melbourne) – December 26-30
India won by 137 runs
Fourth Test (Sydney) – January 3-7
India won the series 2-1
Although his world No 1-ranked team lost 4-1 on their return to England last year, Kohli’s personal return befitted his status as the best batsman on the planet as he piled up 593 runs in the five-match series — the only batsman on either side to reach 350.
‘If you go out there with an ego, you might as well not go at all. Because that Dukes ball, it buries egos pretty quickly,’ he said.
‘You have to curb yourself down and do the hard yards. Grind it out the whole day. You have to be patient as a batsman.
‘There’s a lot of time in Test cricket. But sometimes we are so nervous as batsmen, we don’t quite realise it.
‘You just want to get away quickly but in England you’re not allowed to do that. You have to buy your time, earn the right to score runs eventually. You have to get into a position where you should not even look at the scoreboard to see the number of balls. It’s inconsequential.
‘Patience is the only thing that works there.’
Kohli with his wife Anushka Sharma on the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the win
Kohli and the Indian team celebrate ending a 71-year wait for a series win in Australia
Ravichandran Ashwin takes a selfie with some of the Indian supporters at the SCG
Kohli was delighted as he led his team on a lap of honour at the Sydney Cricket Ground
The final day of the fourth Test ended in something of a damp squib because of drizzle