India become first team to beat Aus in a Test at The Gabba in 32 years; Ganguly announces ₹5-crore bonus for Team India

by Sports | 19-01-2021 | 339 views

India ended Australia's 32-year long unbeaten streak in Tests at The Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday with a three-wicket victory in the fourth Test. With the win, India clinched their second Test series victory in Australia on a trot. Australia's last defeat in Brisbane came against West Indies in 1988. They were undefeated at The Gabba in last 31 Tests.

Following their 2-1 Test series victory against Australia, India jumped to the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table. India have accumulated 430 points and earned 71.7% points. With the defeat, Australia slipped to the number three position, with 69.2% points earned. Meanwhile, New Zealand are second with 70.0% points earned.

Stellar intent, remarkable grit: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Team India on winning the Test series against Australia. He wrote, "We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia." He added, "Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations! Best wishes for your future endeavours."

Ganguly announces ₹5-crore bonus for Team India

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has announced a ₹5-crore bonus for Team India after they clinched the four-match Test series against Australia 2-1. "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," Ganguly tweeted. He added, "The value of this win is beyond any number."

After India registered a 2-1 Test series win against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli took to social media to praise the team. "What a win! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice," he wrote. "Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way," he added.

Describing India's 2-1 series win against Australia as "one of the greatest", Sachin Tendulkar highlighted how India discovered a new hero in every session of the four-match Test series. "Every time we got hit, we stayed put & stood taller. We pushed play fearless but not careless cricket. Injuries & uncertainties were countered with poise & confidence," Tendulkar tweeted.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has praised Team India's mental and physical strength shown in the four-match Test series against Australia. “The tour has tested India not just physically but mentally as well," he said. "I know you [Australians] will always remember what these Indians have achieved this summer," he further said.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the fourth Test decider and the series 2-1 against Australia on Sunday. "One of the greatest Test series wins ever. Congrats India and well played Australia, what a series," he tweeted. India became the first team since the West Indies in 1988 to beat Australia at Brisbane.

Rishabh Pant on Tuesday broke MS Dhoni's record to become the fastest Indian wicket-keeper to bring up 1,000 runs in Test cricket. He got to the landmark in the second innings on the final day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. While Dhoni achieved the feat in 32 innings, Pant went past his record in his 27th innings.

After India won the four-Test series 2-1, Australia head coach Justin Langer said, "You cannot take anything for granted, never ever underestimate the Indians." He added, "I can't compliment India enough...We won [the first Test] in three days, bowled them out for 30 odd. For them to fight back like they did is amazing, credit to them."

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