The grueling near-three month-long Indian tour of Australia that saw the level of competitiveness shown by both sides transcend the level of expectations finally came to an end on Tuesday as India’s unheralded stars scripted a heist for the ages by not only breaching the ‘Gabbatoir’ but by also retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following a 2-1 triumph Down Under.
All the three series that India and Australia locked horns in provided ‘edge of the seat’ stuff. While Australia won the ODI series 2-1, India came back to win both the T20Is and Tests by the same margin. The series also unearthed quite a few future stars in the form of Shubman Gill, Will Pucovski, Mohammed Siraj, Cameron Green while established stars like Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith continued to enthrall the folklore with their performances.
Cricket Australia also thanked the various stakeholders that made the series see the light of reality besides congratulating Team India for their resilience, character, and unrelenting grit that paved way for a historic Test series win on Australian soil for the second time in three years.
Here are the excerpts of the open letter sent by Cricket Australia to the BCCI;
“Australian cricket will forever be grateful to the BCCI for their friendship, trust and commitment in helping to deliver a series that has brought joy to many millions of people around the world at a time they needed it most. The unique challenges of international touring during a global pandemic are considerable and we thank India’s players, coaches and support staff for all they have given,” Cricket Australia wrote in its letter.
“Over the past nine weeks, the Indian and Australian men’s teams completed outstanding One-Day International and Twenty20 International series, followed by one of the greatest Border-Gavaskar Test series ever contested. Despite the many public health and logistical challenges, the BCCI engaged with a spirit of cooperation befitting their status as one of international sport’s greatest ambassadors.”
“From the sublime fast bowling of Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins, to the wonderful batting of Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith, to the exciting debuts of Shubman Gilland Cameron Green – and much, much more – the past two months of cricket have been absolutely enthralling. We will never forget the sacrifices made by our friends at the BCCI that made all this possible,” Cricket Australia wrote.
“May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone who played their part to deliver this memorable series – governments, health officials, venues, broadcast and commercial partners, cricket associations, players, match officials, staff and their families. On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia, we congratulate Team India for the resilience, courage and skill demonstrated in retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a series that will be talked about for generations to come,” the letter added.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 20, 2021