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'Forever Grateful': Cricket Australia Addresses BCCI In An Open Letter

Cricket Australia (CA), in an open letter addressed to the Indian cricket board on Wednesday, thanked its counterpart and the Indian team after the conclusion of a successful series between the two te

By IANS News January 20, 2021 • 16:38 PM

"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. We will never forget the sacrifices made by our friends at the BCCI that made all this possible," it read.

The Test series featured debuts for Cameron Green and Will Pucovski from Australia and Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan from India.

It started with Australia beating India by eight wickets in the first Test with the visitors being blown away for a record low total of 36 in their second innings. However, India fought back despite their captain Virat Kohli going back home to win the second Test and grab a remarkable draw in the third. They then chased down a target of 328 in the fourth Test to become the first team since 1988 to beat Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, and seal their second consecutive Test series win in the country.

"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. On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia, we congratulate Team India for the resilience, courage and skill demonstrated in retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a series that will be talked about for generations to come," said the CA letter.