Historic test series for India ends with a whimper

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Sourav Ganguly Congratulates Team India for Heroic 2-1 Test Series Victory in Australia, Plays Down Comparison With 2003-04 Team Under His Captaincy!

In Australia however, it was a near flawless team effort from India, especially the bowling unit which has set it up for its batsmen for the better part of previous year. The culture we've built. our transition began right here, where I took over as captain, and I can't believe that after four years we've won here.

India won the first and third Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne while Australia emerged victorious in the second match in Perth.

India justified their top ranking with their breakthrough overseas win in Australia on Monday and captain Virat Kohli has reasons to be optimistic about leading a team which can dominate test cricket for years to come.

India were also beaten previous year, despite Kohli's stellar returns as he conquered the weaknesses that had seen him average 13.40 across five Tests in England in 2014.

Speaking exclusively to India Today earlier in the day, Pujara said: "Well, for me, I think the first hundred at Adelaide was special, because of the kind of situation we were in". This winter, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, it has been extraordinary, more than matching Australia's vaunted trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins because the Indian pace bowlers have generated more lateral movement.

Australia struggled without batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving a 12 month ban for the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa last March.

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"It's a great feeling for all of us".

Ravichandran Ashwin before he got injured and Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav also played their part to perfection as Indian bowlers put up relentless pressure on the home team batsmen.

He also said that the entire team worked on rectifying their collective mistakes.

Shastri finished with a parting shot at "all my buddies from the Indian media", for motivating the team through a tough year of away series against South Africa, England and Australia.

"And that's the determination, that's the ruthlessness, that's the mindset with which this team went to play in this series".

"Because if the Indian team respects Test cricket we know the fans are going to come in and watch Test cricket".