HISTORIC: India have won first series in Australia. Photo: DAN HIMBRECHTS/EPA

Indian World Cup winners Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri reckon their historic Test-series win in Australia is a bigger triumph than lifting the 50-over trophy.

India clinched the first success Down Under in 71 years with a draw in the fourth and final clash yesterday when the last day was rained out.

After the 2-1 victory, captain Kohli says: “I was part of 2011 World Cup team, but I didn’t have the emotion of not having been able to win before.

"Playing at home and winning it eventually... a lot of the senior players had that emotion. Yes, it was a great moment for me but if you ask me which moment is more emotional, I would say this one because this is my third tour here and I have seen how difficult it is to win here.

"And all the struggles that we have gone through in the past 12 months as well as the team.

“So, from that point of view this one is more emotional for me. It will definitely be more special, purely because of the fact that we really wanted to win a series away from home.”

Coach Shastri was part of the India squad that won the 1983 World Cup but says winning in Test cricket is the highest level of the game.

He says: “I will tell you how satisfying it is for me.

“World Cup 1983, World Championship 1985. This is as big, or even bigger, because it is in the truest format of the game. It’s Test cricket, which is meant to be the toughest.”

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