India captain Virat Kohli was elated with India’s thumping 372-run victory over New Zealand in Mumbai, which helped the hosts clinch the series 1-0 after the visitors had fought hard in the first Test in Kanpur to draw it.
Mayank Agarwal’s 150 and 62 trumped over Ajaz Patel’s historic 14-wicket match haul as India ground the Kiwis.
Virat Kohli, who was rested from the first Test, was satisfied to see different individuals step up at different points in the series with both bat and ball. He also lauded New Zealand for their valiant show in Kanpur and hailed acknowledged India’s dominant show in Mumbai. It has been 9 years now since India lost a home Test series!
“To come back with a win again, it’s a great feeling and a clinical performance. You want individuals to step up. The first Test was good, and it was a clinical performance here. We discussed the performance and the opposition played out a good draw.
“The bowlers tried all their best, but the Kiwi batsmen stuck it out really well in Kanpur. Here [in Mumbai] there was more bounce and the fast bowlers got assistance as well, so it gave us a better chance to win the Test match,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Mindset is the same to take Indian cricket forward, even with the new management: Virat Kohli
Speaking about the new management under Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli stated that the aim remains the same, which is to win matches and grow the game in the country.
“The mindset is the same to take Indian cricket forward, even with the new management. It’s important to keep the standards of Indian cricket and make sure it’s always growing,” he said.
Virat Kohli is ready for the Test series in South Africa. India have already conquered Australia, twice, and have a 2-1 lead in an unfinished series in England; South Africa is the next target for Virat Kohli and Team India.
“South Africa is a good challenge. We built it up in England and South Africa last time, and Australia was an accumulation of all that experience. South Africa is a tough challenge and a win that we want to achieve as a team. Hopefully, we can play in South Africa the way we know we can play, and win the series,” the skipper added.
The BCCI has confirmed that India will tour South Africa, but it will be a delayed tour, comprising of the Test and ODI series starting December 26; the T20I series will be played later.