We've been working really hard to win a series overseas.
Former captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner are serving 12-month bans for their role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa past year and are not available for selection until the end of March. Shastri expressed that he is proud of his captain for becoming the only Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia.
The Indian top order, who scored 262 runs in four Test matches, urged the Aussie batsmen to leave their egos at home to win against the Dukes ball.More news: Michigan Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Murdering Six People
India's best bowler past year and Kohli's trump card for providing him with breakthroughs, the unorthodox Kuldeep would again be very important.
'I feel great standing in the slips cordon and watching these guys run in, ' said Kohli.
"It is a young bunch of guys and to have that belief to keep striving for excellence on a daily basis and to get a reward like this we definitely have to be happy". "For Marcus (Harris) and Travis (Head) to show they have got the game to make runs against the best attack in the world is a real positive", he said, while talking about his batsmen who had performed reasonably.
Kohli had tried to downplay the significance of India's impending success before the Sydney Test but with history made he let his guard down, saying they were just "mind games".More news: London's Heathrow airport cancels flights after drone sighting
"Without your support I don't think we would have played as well as we've done right through the 12 months, so thank you very much", he said. "To beat England in England, they have to bowl more intelligently".
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.
"The first hundred was special".
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.More news: Kei Nishikori rolls into Brisbane final