"We've got what we've got and our playing group are working as hard as we can".
Earlier, Kohli's side had become the first Indian team in 41 years to win two Test matches in a series against Australia in an away series after clinching wins in Adelaide and Melbourne. "Looking back now, if we had won that Test, in Perth, outplayed in Melbourne, then a washout (in Sydney), it could have been 2-1 the other way", he said.
Indian sides have traditionally struggled overseas but there is now belief within the camp they can conquer any team, anywhere at any time.
India have still never won a series in South Africa but finally breaking through in Australia will do much to burnish the reputation of Kohli and a team already ranked number one in the world in the longest format of the game.
It was there, and the subsequent tour of England, that he and coach Ravi Shastri identified the attacking brand of cricket that they wanted to play, all in preparation for Australia.
It makes harrowing reading that over the last 12 months, as calculated by cricket writer Brydon Coverdale, no Australian averaged more than 32 in Tests with only one ton posted - Usman Khawaja's epic in Dubai.
India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Tim Paine were told to cool things down by the umpires during the second test in Perth.
"We are disappointed, definitely over the last two Tests".
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India came here late previous year as the world's top-ranked Test nation.
If this victory is put into perspective with some of Indian cricket's famous away series wins, it will be right up there both in terms of novelty as well as quality.
"It is a great feeling for all of us".
Niroshan Dickwella was one of the only three Lanka batsmen to cross 16.
Prime Minister Modi called the Test series win a "historic accomplishment". "We play to make the team win". Paine felt Indian batsmen stepping up and scoring runs at crucial junctures in the series is something their batsmen can learn from. The most important thing for us has been belief.
"So the fact that we laid out everything on the table and no one took offence to anything; everyone accepted that we have made a lot of mistakes in certain areas and come game time, come crunch situations we were better than the opposition in those areas - so that's the progress of the team".
But another Pujara century in Melbourne set the visitors up for a big first innings total and when Australia capitulated in reply to 151 all out, the scene was set for India to take a stranglehold on the series coming into Sydney.