"But the fact that the reward has come in the most historic series for Indian cricket is the cherry on the top of the cake".
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.
The hosts were duly dismissed for 300 and Kohli did not hesitate to go for the jugular by enforcing the follow-on - the first time in 30 years Australia had suffered such ignominy on home soil. This Indian team has done Indian cricket proud.
For some Australians the series will always carry an asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa previous year. "We honestly feel that we let that Test slip", Paine said on Monday (January 7). India outbowled the pace troika of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and offspinner Nathan Lyon to seize key moments.
In Australia however, it was a near flawless team effort from India, especially the bowling unit which has set it up for its batsmen for the better part of past year. "One thing I would like to say, in the last 12 months the number of tosses we have lost and if you see our performances in those matches objectively, we have played very good cricket".
India were also beaten a year ago, despite Kohli's stellar returns as he conquered the weaknesses that had seen him average 13.40 across five Tests in England in 2014.
There was a century for captain Kohli, of course, and one in Sydney for the younger generation through the irrepressible wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
The tourists, led by magnificent series from batting rock Cheteshwar Pujara and superb slinger Jasprit Bumrah, achieved it in clinical fashion to expose the huge void left by Steve Smith and David Warner's suspensions and raise questions about the potency of Australia's attack. "We know they have the ability to do so, we had some many starts in this series, it's learning how to convert those and getting through tough periods".
'This is an Indian team that will jump over a cliff to win a game for their country, ' said coach Ravi Shastri. Indian went to Wellington with series being 1-1.
"If we play for boring draws, no results, the game going nowhere, it won't make a difference to Test cricket globally". "You did, and we do too"'.