CA congratulates India for its 'resilience, courage and skill' in series win

Cricket Australia salutes the Indian team for its gritty performance in “one of the greatest Border-Gavaskar Test series ever competed.”

The Indian team celebrates after its thrilling win in Brisbane. - GETTY IMAGES

Cricket Australia on Wednesday saluted the Indian team for its gritty performance during the Test series against Australia and expressed gratitude to the BCCI for the sacrifices it made to ensure a smooth conduct of the series.

“On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia, we congratulate Team India for their resilience, courage and skill demonstrated in retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a series that will be talked about for generations to come,” CA wrote in a ‘Thank You’ note to the BCCI.

The note, written by CA interim CEO Nick Hockley and Chair Earl Eddings, was addressed 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 letter read.

“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. 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 competed,” it added.

The CA officials said the BCCIs cooperation was crucial to making the tour a hit. The series gave the financially struggling CA a major boost with expected revenue of AUD 300 million.

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The two teams brushed aside some unsavoury controversies like the racist abuse against Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah by the crowd in the Sydney Test, to ensure that the focus remained firmly on cricket.

“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. We will never forget the sacrifices made by our friends at the BCCI that made all this possible,” CA said.

CA also appreciated the contributions of all other stakeholders, saying the series witnessed many enthralling contests between players of the two sides. “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 Gill and Cameron Green - and much, much more - the past two months of cricket have been absolutely enthralling.

“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.”

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