"The fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake. The series win will give us a different identity".
India scored 622 for 7 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on.
'In the 10 years that I have played, it is the proudest moment that I have experienced and we're so happy for the whole team. But it was not the case in Australia as India won the Adelaide Test and MCG Test by outplaying Australia in all the departments.
For some Australians the series will always carry an asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa previous year. 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. The Indian skipper credited Rishabh Pant with coming up with the dance move, saying "it just felt good, it was easy, but Pujara couldn't even do that".
"It's a great feeling for all of us".
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.
Kohli and India's coach, Ravi Shastri, were asked for their views on the home team after India had secured the draw they needed in Sydney to cap a historic tour. We put everything on the line to win for the team.
Australia finished this series without a single hundred in four Tests.
With the bat, the tourists managed to score five centuries over the four matches with Player-of-the-Series Pujara recording three of them, aggregating 521 runs from seven innings at an average of 74.42. Indian went to Wellington with series being 1-1.
He thought no-one played Test cricket with more passion and no other captain came close to Kohli in that area. "You did, and we do too"'.