Young cricketers stood in for champions and then emerged, out of one of the most difficult positions, as true champions. They made India proud by winning 2-1 Test series in Australia. Announcing a cash reward of Rs 5 crore for the team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, ”It was a series that showcased grit, determination and resilience of the highest quality”.
The team led by Ajinkya Rahane who stood in for iconic captain Virat Kohli who had left the series after the first Test, as he and wife Anushka Sharma were blessed with their first child.
The series saw injuries to some of the best Indian bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. But the grit and determiniation” helped India beat Australia in their own backyard, the best of which happened at Gabba.
” To bounce back after a defeat in Adelaide, come back strong with a win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), grind it out for a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) & breach Fortress Gabba after 32 years shows the character of this team”, BCCI said in its complimentary message to the team.
” We are extremely proud of the series win. Beating Australia in Australia by a young team will remain etched in the history of Indian cricket forever. It cannot get better than this. I am so proud of everyone. Congratulations to Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Shastri and the rest of the touring party for this remarkable feat”, BCCI President and former India captain said.