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After 22 Years, Team India marks victory at Gabba

Team India at Gabba

Gabba: On Jan. 19th 2021, the social media was on fire because Team India had marked their historic win against Australia in the fourth Test and series. The thrilling final game was being played at Gabba, which is popularly known as the winning arena of the opponent team. India marked its historic win by defeating Australia by three wickets and becoming the first Asian team to mark its win against the host team.

The Match

India achieved a record run-chase of 328 runs in an exciting final session to hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane’s Gabba cricket ground since 1988 and clinch the four-Test series by 2-1. Despite the fact that injuries ravaged the team, and forced the management to use 20 players in the series, the team outshined and brought laurels to the country.

Extremely talented wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was the Man-of-the-Match for his swashbuckling 89 Not Out. His innings followed an equally impressive knock from 21-year-old Shubman Gill, who made 91 at the top of the order earlier in the day.

The bowling attack was led by Mohammad Siraj, who debuted in Melbourne, supported by T. Natarajan, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, who had two Tests between them heading into Brisbane.

India looked in control through the final session and despite losing three wickets in the last hour, they cruised home with three overs to spare when Pant hit the winning four off Hazlewood and was awarded man-of-the-Match Trophy.

The Celebrations

Two years after beating Australia in 2018-19, India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and also shot to the top of the World Test Championship Chart. 

Minutes after the win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his official Twitter account to express his joy over the win. He said, “Overjoyed, the team’s remarkable energy and passion were visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavors.” 

Indian skipper Virat Kohli who is currently on his paternal leave, was not able to accompany the team but conveyed his wishes through Twitter. He said, “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.” 

Sourav Ganguly, the head of India’s cricket board, said the 2-1 series victory — India’s second straight series win in Australia — was nothing short of historic. 

Fans thanked Rahul Dravid for coaching younger players after India’s stellar win. Dravid took over as a head coach for the India Under-19 and India-A from 2016 to 2019. Many of the players he coached are Shubham Gill, Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar who were part of the match-winning innings yesterday.

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