"Looking back now, if we'd won that Test, win Perth, outplayed in Melbourne then a washout it could have been 2-1 the other way".
Stat of the day: Australia's average of 25.9 runs per wicket with the bat is their second lowest since the start of the 1980s, with only the horror home series loss to South Africa two seasons ago marginally worse.
India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said the successful strategy stemmed from mistakes made previous year in Tests against South Africa and England. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months.
India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Tim Paine were told to cool things down by the umpires during the second test in Perth.
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A huge storm rolled in late Saturday, forcing play to finish half an hour early, and the overcast skies lingered into Sunday. Cummins had batted well till then but had no answer to Shami's delivery that kept low and scooted under his bat.
'The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake.
India's trio of seamers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, by contrast, were highly disciplined and executed their plans to perfection to exploit the weaknesses in the Australian batting. "Scoring a hundred at Adelaide Oval and going 1-0 up in a four-Test series is something we were all aiming for", Pujara said.
Prime Minister Modi called the Test series win a "historic accomplishment".
"Hats off to them, the way they've prepared, their fitness levels, and their mindset".
Niroshan Dickwella was one of the only three Lanka batsmen to cross 16. India was already the number one team in the world before the series began, with the win only shoring up their formidable reputation.
But another Pujara century in Melbourne set the visitors up for a big first innings total and when Australia capitulated in reply to 151 all out, the scene was set for India to take a stranglehold on the series coming into Sydney. "This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors, this is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country", Shastri said. "As a team, we focussed on the things that we didn't do well and sometimes those things don't sound too good but you need to accept a lot of things if you want to improve as a team". "For some of the guys in their third, fourth Test maybe it's hard to look and say "I haven't scored any hundreds" but Marcus (Harris) and Travis (Head) showed, and Marnus (Labuschagne) in the first innings, that they can score runs at Test cricket". Both of those players we know are an absolute class, we know they can score a lot of runs.