India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane gave an emotional speech in the dressing room after the visitors scripted a historic Test series win against Australia at The Gabba.
Rahane-led Team India defeated the Aussies by three wickets in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane to clinch the series 2-1, thereby retaining the high-profile Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Chasing a mammoth 328 on the final day of the Test, the Indian cricket team rode on the match-winning innings from Rishabh Pant (89 not out), Shubman Gill (91) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) to breach the Gabba fortress and end the hosts’ 32-year-long unbeaten run at the venue.
After being bundled out for a record low score of 36 in the opening Test in Adelaide, India orchestrated an epic comeback to win the series Down Under.
Rahane called it a “massive, massive moment” for his players and hailed them for performing as a unit.
As we draw curtains on our historic triumph and start our preparations for the home series, here’s Captain @ajinkyarahane88‘s address to #TeamIndia from the Gabba dressing room.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2021
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“It is a massive, massive moment for us. The way we, after what happened in Adelaide, came back from Melbourne onwards — it was really good to see. It wasn’t just one or two, but every one who put an effort. In all the three matches, everyone contributed. It was actually very good to see,” said Rahane while addressing his teammates.
Rahane also urged Kuldeep Yadav, who did not feature in any of the Test matches, to keep working hard and said that his time will come.
"I just want to mention Kuldeep Yadav and Kartik Tyagi. Kuldeep, I know it was tough for you, you did not play a game here but your attitude was really good. Your time will come, just keep working hard. Kartik you were fantastic," he added.
Meanwhile, Team India moved to the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings following their historic series win in Australia.
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