"And all the struggles that we have gone through in the past 12 months as well as the team", Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
After the win, Kohli conceded that it was the best moment of his career and it surpassed even the 2011 World Cup triumph.
Pujara went on to make 123, but he should have been out on 89 when he got a faint edge through to Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood's bowling.
Australia have not won an Ashes series in England since 2001, but India coach Ravi Shastri believes they could end that wait if they apply themselves this year. "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".More news: Dick Cheney's daughter slams Christian Bale's 'Satan' comment — Golden Globes
"It's amusing, in a big series of four Tests, five days a match, you go back to a couple of key moments in the very first Test match where we let ourselves down, or India outplayed us, and you get to the end of the series and it's really hard to take".
Kohli said he hoped it would act as something of a counterbalance to popularity of the shorter, more explosive brands of cricket that have increasingly dominated the Indian game.
"In a world where a lot of people want the easy stuff, matches that finish in the evening, I think it is important to spread that message of test cricket. We strive to play well as a team", he said. "We have faith in them going forward", he said. They conquered! History written and created by this bunch!
Chaudhary - whose upper body and face is painted with the Indian tricolours of saffron, white and green and the name of his patron and favourite player, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar - embodies the passion of the supporters.More news: National Football League world reacts to Cody Parkey's missed field goal
Chaudhary, 37, has followed the Indian cricket team for nearly two decades, and made sure he was a visible presence at the SCG as he waved a national flag and blew a conch.
"It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster", British-based Rakesh Patel, the founder of the supporters group Bharat Army, told AFP. But throughout the series, more often than not, when those big moments came up, Virat has scored runs, Pujara has scored runs, Bumrah has bowled a great spell and we could not quite get through those moments.
The same can't be said for Australia, who capitulated at crucial times.
Australia then suffered the indignity of being forced to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years as Kohli twisted the knife.More news: The Next iPhone Will Have This Huge 3-Camera Bump
"Our plan is to celebrate with the team".