Australia defeated India by 35 runs to win the fifth and final ODI and secure a 3-2 victory in the series.
It is the first ODI series’ win for Australia since January 2017 and the fourth on Indian soil, the last coming in 2009. It was India’s first loss in an ODI series at home since 2015 when they lost 3-2 to South Africa.
“They were more composed in pressure moments,” Kohli said. “They were more positive and brave in the pressure situations, and hence they won those important moments in the game. And when you capitalize on probably every important moment that comes in the game as a side, it gets very difficult to go past that side.”
“None of the guys in the change room are panicking. The support staff is not feeling down after this defeat because we knew things we wanted to do in these last three games,” he added.
When asked if too much experimentation cost India the series, he said: “Whoever gets a chance to play, we expect that guy to take responsibility and pressure. And hence you expose these guys to pressure situations where a series is on the line and you expect someone to step up. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”