India rubbed Sri Lanka by 278 runs in the second Test of the three-match series at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Monday.
The thoroughly professional all-round performance from India, as they staged their incredible comeback in the ongoing Test series, made captain Virat Kohli happy. And why will not he be happy? India registered their first Test match victory after July 2014 and this was also Kohli's first win as captain of the Indian Test side.
Kohli was impressed with how things panned out for his side in the second Test match against Sri Lanka and he lauded his side's effort. The three-match series has now been squared with both the sides winning one match each. India will look to win the series and end their 22-year-series drought in the Island nation.
"It's pretty satisfying; especially knowing the game was pretty close twice before, once at Adelaide and at Galle as well," Kohli said.
"But I think that game [in Galle] hurt us in the right way, and commendable efforts by all the boys to regroup themselves after the loss like that, knowing that we should have won the game. I think it is a tremendous effort to get yourself together to put in the same kind of practice and play the same way again and actually capitalise and improve on that particular situation that we failed to do in the first Test.
"So, that shows that the guys are keen to improve, hungry to win, and I think, as a captain, that is very satisfying."
Ravichandran Ashwin was instrumental in spoiling Kumar Sangakkara's farewell. Ashwin has been outstanding in this series, with his offspinners, in particular. He has already picked up 17 wickets in two Test matches in the series, which is also the highest by any Indian bowler in Sri Lanka.
Ashwin, for sure, would look to add few more scalps to his name in the third and final Test match, which will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo.
Kohli said that Ashwin is an asset to the Indian side. Ashwin also dismissed Sangakkara four times in four innings in this series, and prevented the legendary batsman from having a fairytale ending.