Adelaide:India might have once again fallen just short of upstaging Australia in their own backyard but skipper Anil Kumble said that his team's resolute display has held out promise for a series triumph Down Under sooner than later.
"Looking at the talent, I am sure they would step up the plate in future. Next Indian team, which tours Australia, would be proud of our performance and surely would try to win here," Kumble said after the drawn fourth and final Test, which gave Australia a 2-1 series triumph.
Magnanimous in defeat, Kumble said Ricky Ponting's side deserves all credit for staving off the stiff challenge that the visitors posed in the four-match series to come out victorious.
"We had our moments, it was pretty close in Sydney but for the last seven-eight minutes but Australia played really well, credit should be given to them," stated a dignified Indian captain.
Kumble did not believe that his side had been able to pull Australia down from their perch of best cricket team in the world just yet.
"Instead, I think we raised ourselves to their level. They are a quality side and we have been able to compete well against them twice, over the last four years," he said.
"It's a little disappointing. In 2003-04 we had the great opportunity but couldn't win in Sydney. We couldn't bowl them out. It was the last big opportunity for all of us," he added.