Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday recalled the joy felt across the country when it saw Team India’s historic victory over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year under dire circumstances. Sitharaman, who delivered her Budget Speech for 2021-22, started with a special call to what the Indian team led by Ajinkya Rahane managed to achieve Down Under. “I can’t help but remember the joy we felt as a cricket-loving country after Team India’s recent spectacular success in Australia. It has reminded us of all the qualities that we as humans, particularly our youth, embody of having abundant promise and the unquenched thirst to perform and succeed, ”said Sitharaman, praising Team India.
This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian cricket team for their Test Series victory against Australia, saying the team’s hard work and teamwork were inspiring.
During his Mann Ki Baat Radio program on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi said: “We got good news from the cricket field this month. After the initial hiccup, the Indian team bounced back gloriously and won the series in Australia. The hard work and teamwork of our team was inspiring.”
Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri then said that Prime Minister Modi’s words of encouragement will further strengthen the cricket team and its decision to perform under pressure.
“Thank you sir. Your kind words will further strengthen #TeamIndia and the country’s determination to perform under pressure and in difficult conditions. Jai Hind,” tweeted Shastri.
On January 19, Australia’s fortress – The Gabba – was finally breached. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved after an injury-ridden young Indian team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the fourth Test to win the series 2-1.
The last time a visiting team came out triumphantly in The Gabba was in November 1988 when the West Indies, led by Viv Richards, whipped Allan Border’s team by nine wickets.
India had bundled for 36 in Adelaide and the team stumbled on an eight wicket loss.
Skipper Virat Kohli also returned home after being on paternity leave, but under Rahane the team showed remarkable struggle and determination to win the series.
The visitors were also bothered by injuries during the tour, but this didn’t bother the spirit of the team when a young squad emerged triumphantly in the final test at the Gabba.
India’s momentous victory had also seen them topple Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim second place.
Topics mentioned in this article