Australia batting collapse hands India the reins

"We want to be scoring big runs and taking big wickets, but at the end of the match, we want to standing behind that board that says "champions", Rahul said afterwards, calling it the best series he had ever played in. Pretty disappointed I couldn't convert, but right now nothing else matters.

The series victory also meant that India now hold Test titles against all other teams, a feat previously matched only by Australia (twice) and South Africa.

India have come away with a match win, series win, and reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Day 4 at Dharamsala, easily reaching the target 106 inside the first session. "I don't know if I am one of those couple of players Virat was hinting at in his tweet today".

"This is our best series win so far", said Kohli.

At tht foothills of the Himalayas, Kohli stood vindicated with the likes of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav putting in impressive performances.

Lehmann was lavish in his praise for Australia captain Steve Smith, comparing his superb batting run in the series with no less than Don Bradman.

It was India's seventh Test series win in a row-continuing the dominance that started in 2015 with Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh being annihilated.

"At times I've probably been in my own little bubble and let my emotions slip a little bit, so I apologise for that". So, Ajinkya Rahane has taken over the team for the fourth Test, and it is the first match for Rahane as Captain of India Test Cricket.

One of the most intense series in recent memory finished with a whimper after India made short work of Australia's modest target to cruise home by eight wickets.

The Series decided third test match has held at JSCA Stadium in Ranchi.

"If you don't have a team performance you can not be the No. 1 team in the world", captain Virat Kohli said. Australia's top three players are dismissed by the India pacers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav.

Brief scores: India 332 & 106/2 (Rahul 51*, Rahane 38*: Cummins 1/42) beat Australia (300 & 137) by 8 wickets to win series 2-1.

Kohli, who missed the final match with a shoulder injury, has already set his sight on rectifying India's image as poor travellers.

  • Julie Sanders