Former captain Sourav Ganguly paid tribute to his senior team-mates after India wrapped up the Border-Gavaskar series 2-0 in Nagpur.
The convincing 172-run win sparked wild celebrations as Ganguly was carried off the field by his team-mates in what was his final international appearance.
Such scenes seemed unlikely at the start of the series when there were calls for the likes of Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and even Sachin Tendulkar to be overlooked in favour of younger players.
And Ganguly, retiring from Test cricket with an average of 42.17, expressed his delight at the impact the elder statesman had on the outcome of the series.
"We are the only side to have competed very well against Australia," said Ganguly.
"This definitely holds well for Indian cricket in the future, but at the same time I think it just shows that the seniors are still good enough.
"I'm happy with the way things have gone. I've had a good series and we've beaten the best team in the world 2-0.
"There were a lot of doubts after we came back from Sri Lanka, but coming back and winning 2-0 is probably the best thing that could have happened.
"I've played well, the team has played well and the way this Test match has finished, I'm ready to sacrifice a year of Test cricket for that."
Ganguly's first-ball duck in his final innings prevented him from becoming only the seventh player to record a century in his first and last Test match.
"It has been a fantastic journey, if anybody would have told me when I started that I would go through all this I would not have believed him," saig Ganguly.
"But God has been really kind that I have gone through this for 13 years and finished off on a win for Indian cricket.
"It has been satisfying. To get a hundred in my first Test as a player, to captain in nearly 50 Test matches, 49 to be precise, and building a team and building players which has taken Indian cricket team forward."
On the immediate future, Ganguly said: "I have two years remaining on my Indian Premier League contract and I must abide by that.
"I would also play a few matches for Bengal in the domestic circuit."