Rahul, Rahane anchor chase as India win series 2-1

But Australia captain Steven Smith surely knows how to end things on the right note, as he sportingly asked India's skipper for the fourth Test, Ajinkya Rahane, if Australia could join the Indian team for a beer. 2-1 series win against Australia is India's seventh consecutive series win.

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, took to Twitter to express his displeasure over Kohli's comments and tweeted that Ajinkya Rahane should stay on as India's captain.

Australia's courageous campaign in India has ended on a bitter low, crashing to a heavy defeat after their bowlers could not conjure the miracle required to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The victory was India's 10th out of 13 Tests in a marathon home season that saw them get the better of New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.

"If you don't have a team performance you can not be the No. 1 team in the world", captain Virat Kohli said.

Rahul made 51 not out and Rahane added a rapid unbeaten 38 to help India chase down the modest 106-run victory target with more than five sessions to spare, the opener completing his sixth fifty of the series when he scored the winning runs. I did not categorically say the whole Australian team but only a couple of individuals.

The visitors hit back by taking two wickets in the next over.

They had control of the second and third tests early on, lost it, then showed good fight to front up to the fourth and final test with the series level 1-1.

Jadeja dismissed Shaun Marsh, Pat Cummins and Steve O'Keefe before Ashwin joined the party, claiming 3-29.

"It was a tough game and after losing Virat through injury, it was really important that the team stood up. I really enjoyed this home season, and hope to continue next season". "I have been pretty intense throughout this series".

The series is going to be remembered for the competitive nature of cricket between India and Australia.

"It was a magnificent series, probably one of the best I've been a part of", Australia skipper Smith said in the post-match ceremony. Credit to India. Umesh was fantastic. India pacer Umesh Yadav, who put in an inspired display with the ball was also singled out for praise, "Against India you can't do that".

  • Julie Sanders