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Sydney win will be great achievement as team started transition here: Kohli

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SYDNEY, Jan 2: History doesn�t matter to him, asserts India skipper Virat Kohli but says winning a maiden Test series in Australia at the SCG would �definitely be big� because that�s where the transition started for the team under his captaincy.

Kohli took over as India�s Test captain four years ago at the same venue after MS Dhoni�s shock retirement.

Ranked 7th at that point, India are now World No. 1 in the format and have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

�It�s only been four years (since I have been a captain). If it happens, it�s great because I have come here the third time on a Test tour and I know how difficult it is to win here,� Kohli said on the eve of the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday.

�At times, you can put in a good performance in Australia but to win as a team has been the biggest challenge for us. Individual performances, honestly, are something that you don�t even remember in the last two tours,� he stressed.

Kohli said winning the final Test would be like stepping up another notch in pursuit of consistency.

�You might have your name up on the honours board but if your team doesn�t win, it doesn�t really matter. Till now it would definitely be a big, big series win, not just for me, but also for the whole team purely because of the fact that this is a place where we started our transition to be honest,� he explained.

�At this particular venue when MS Dhoni gave up captaincy (2014) and we had a totally young side starting at six or seven (Test ranking) in the world. We have come back here as the number one side in the world, and we want to take that legacy forward.�

Kohli said India will take the fourth and final Test as a standalone match and intensity won�t be lacking.

�Our year ended very well and we will try to make sure that we start this year well too. We are taking this as a standalone Test, which we must play with full intensity and effort,� Kohli said.

�We have seen in the past that the SCG wicket is good for batting for the first 2-3 days and after that reverse-swing and spin come into play. I think given the heat, the wicket will play to its true nature from day three onwards.�

Kohli said his team is �obsessed� about winning. � PTI

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Sydney win will be great achievement as team started transition here: Kohli

SYDNEY, Jan 2: History doesn�t matter to him, asserts India skipper Virat Kohli but says winning a maiden Test series in Australia at the SCG would �definitely be big� because that�s where the transition started for the team under his captaincy.

Kohli took over as India�s Test captain four years ago at the same venue after MS Dhoni�s shock retirement.

Ranked 7th at that point, India are now World No. 1 in the format and have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series.

�It�s only been four years (since I have been a captain). If it happens, it�s great because I have come here the third time on a Test tour and I know how difficult it is to win here,� Kohli said on the eve of the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday.

�At times, you can put in a good performance in Australia but to win as a team has been the biggest challenge for us. Individual performances, honestly, are something that you don�t even remember in the last two tours,� he stressed.

Kohli said winning the final Test would be like stepping up another notch in pursuit of consistency.

�You might have your name up on the honours board but if your team doesn�t win, it doesn�t really matter. Till now it would definitely be a big, big series win, not just for me, but also for the whole team purely because of the fact that this is a place where we started our transition to be honest,� he explained.

�At this particular venue when MS Dhoni gave up captaincy (2014) and we had a totally young side starting at six or seven (Test ranking) in the world. We have come back here as the number one side in the world, and we want to take that legacy forward.�

Kohli said India will take the fourth and final Test as a standalone match and intensity won�t be lacking.

�Our year ended very well and we will try to make sure that we start this year well too. We are taking this as a standalone Test, which we must play with full intensity and effort,� Kohli said.

�We have seen in the past that the SCG wicket is good for batting for the first 2-3 days and after that reverse-swing and spin come into play. I think given the heat, the wicket will play to its true nature from day three onwards.�

Kohli said his team is �obsessed� about winning. � PTI

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