Overjoyed at Team India's success in Australia: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded Team India's historic cricket Test series win in Australia, saying the entire nation is overjoyed at the success of Ajinkya Rahane-led side who showed remarkable energy and passion throughout the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Jan 19, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded Team India's historic cricket Test series win in Australia, saying the entire nation is overjoyed at the success of Ajinkya Rahane-led side who showed remarkable energy and passion throughout the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India won the four-match series 2-1 after they registered a thumping three-wicket win in the final Test in Brisbane, where Australia had remained unbeaten for 32 years.

Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) all played brilliant innings as India chased down the mammoth 328-run target on the final day of the Test match, thus breaching Australia's fortress at The Gabba.

"We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian cricket team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours," Modi said in a tweet.

Former captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, while congratulating Rahane & Co., also announced a Rs 5 crore bonus for the Indian team.

"Just a remarkable win...To go to Australia and win a test series in this way...will be remembered in the history of Indian cricket forever…Bcci announces a 5 crore bonus for the team...The value of this win is beyond any number...well done to every member of the touring party," tweeted Ganguly.

"EVERY SESSION WE DISCOVERED A NEW HERO. Every time we got hit, we stayed put & stood taller. We pushed boundaries of belief to play fearless but not careless cricket. Injuries & uncertainties were countered with poise & confidence. One of the greatest series wins! Congrats India," said legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

The hosts had won the first Test of the series in Adelaide, while bowling out India with the pink ball for their lowest Test total of 36. The Rahane-led side, however, registered a stunning comeback in Melbourne, winning the Boxing Day Test by eight wickets. The third Test then ended in an epic draw in Sydney.

Virat Kohli, the team's regular captain, also lauded the performance of the team and tweeted: "WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice. Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management. Enjoy this historic feat lads. Cheers."

India on Tuesday moved to the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings following their remarkable series win over Australia.

India, with 71.7 percentage points won sit at the top spot in the WTC table while New Zealand, holding the second spot, has 70.0 percentage points. Sitting at the third spot is Australia with 69.2 percentage points.

"India on top. After the hard-fought win at The Gabba, India move to the No.1 spot in ICC World Test Championship standings. Australia slip to No.3," ICC tweeted.

Courtesy the win in Brisbane, India now only need to win the upcoming four-match Test series against England with a 2-0 margin to seal a spot in the WTC final, currently slated to be played in June at the Lord's stadium in London. 

The India-England Test series begins February 5 in Chennai.

(IANS)

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