Kohli wants more tour wins as India seal Test Championship

After earning a win in the final Test against South Africa, Virat Kohli has backed India to improve their record away from home.

India captain Virat Kohli   -  Getty Images

Virat Kohli believes India are capable of winning more often away from home after claiming a consolation victory in the last Test against South Africa to secure the ICC Test Championship mace.

The tourists bowled the Proteas out on day four at the Wanderers to seal a 63-run triumph, although they had already lost the three-match series.

Despite success in Sri Lanka and West Indies, India have struggled when travelling to face their rivals at the top of the ICC rankings.

England, Australia and now South Africa have all enjoyed home series wins over India in their most recent meetings, but Kohli feels the performance in Johannesburg is cause for long-term optimism. 

"We required some character playing on a pitch that was very difficult," he said, India having ensured they will remain top of the standings - and earn a prize of $1million - when the rankings cut-off date is reached in April.

"I think our guys showed great guts through the four days. We took the challenge. Batting first wasn't a call that went down well with some people, but we knew it was the right call. 

"We knew we were close in the first two games. This was perfect. [Dean] Elgar and [Hashim] Amla played really well, although it was not easy. You expect that from South Africa. 

"But one thing I know is that when wickets go down, in pressure situations, it's very difficult to come back. 

"And the other good thing was we didn't leak runs. The bowlers are a big positive. Sixty wickets in a series is rare, and if the batsmen step up, they understand they need to and they did in this game and the win feels really great. 

"[We] need bowlers confident to win Tests and as batsmen, we need to think about our game, prepare better and I'm sure we can win more often away from home."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis acknowledged his team were second best in the finale, but remained satisfied overall at the 2-1 series victory.

"I think India outplayed us in this Test," he said.

"We didn't take our chances. We were just sloppy. From a bowling point of view, we weren't consistent. Our fielding was pretty average. And with the bat, it was tough conditions. 

"We were surprised how well the pitch played this morning, Hashim and Dean had a great partnership. But the history of this wicket tells you the ball does a bit more late in the day. We can only blame ourselves. 

"Extremely happy to win the series. But if you told me 2-1 before this series, I would've bitten the hand off. India have played great wicket, but we were deserved winners."

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