India beat Australia in a historic test at Gabba to claim a 2-1 series win in Australia.© AFP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised the Indian cricket team for their Test Series victory against Australia, saying the team’s hard work and teamwork were inspiring. “This month we got good news from the cricket field. After the first hiccup, the Indian team came back gloriously and won the series in Australia. Our team’s hard work and teamwork was inspiring,” said PM Modi during ‘Mann Ki Baat’. . The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) thanked PM Modi for his appreciation and tweeted, “Thank you Shri @narendramodi ji for your appreciation and words of encouragement. #TeamIndia will do everything to keep the tricolor high. @ImVkohli @ ajinkyarahane88 @RaviShastriOfc @ RishabhPant17 @ Jaspritbumrah93 @ ImRo45 @JayShah @ SGanguly99 @ThakurArunS. “
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 triumphantly emerged from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was in November 1988, when the powerful West Indian group led by Viv Richards knocked off the Allan Border team by 9 wickets.
India’s momentous victory had also seen them topple Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim second place.
Now all focus has shifted to the upcoming series against England. India and England will compete against four tests, three ODIs and five T20Is.
The first two games of the 4-game series will be played in Chennai before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all members are under quarantine. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns arrived earlier as the trio did not play the Test series against Sri Lanka. The first test between England and India starts on February 5 in Chennai.
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