Test mace more special than any awards: Kohli

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 17:52 hrs

It was a double delight for skipper Virat Kohli as after guiding his team to the number one position in Test cricket, the skipper marshalled his troops to complete a whitewash against New Zealand.

The ICC Test championship mace was presented to Virat Kohli by legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar after India defeated New Zealand by 321 runs in the third Test at Indore.

Having received the mace, Kohli said that it was a special moment for the young Indian Test team.

"I've got a few Man of the Match awards, so have the boys. This is much more special. The last time India got the mace, I was watching on Tv. The key right now is maintaining our game. We're working really hard on the areas needing improvement and we've been able to correct the wrongs quickly and we'd like to continue that and give the people what they want to see," Kohli said.

The skipper heaped praise on his bowlers who helped India secure the Test series in an emphatic way.

"Absolutely, couldn't have asked for anything better. The bowlers have responded beautifully every time we've been in pressure. Someone has always put up their hand. And that's the difference, this team is up, we get wickets in bunches, we have that attitude and we do get the results."

"We made it clear that the bowlers deserve to be in this position and it's time they express themselves. Don't hesitate in playing your shots. If you see Pujara hitting a fast bowler back over his head, it is the best example of expressing yourself. This is a proper team series win," he added.

The skipper had special praise for R Ashwin who took 27 wickets in the match.

"It wasn't just one individual. You can leave Ash aside, he is not to be mentioned in the XI. Jadeja with the bat in the first game, Saha in the second, Rohit with those crucial knocks. We see his (Ashwin's) numbers, we discuss his Man of the Series awards after every series. Credit to him I wish him well," the skipper signed off.

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