Cricket Australia paid glowing tribute to India Wednesday after their sensational win over the home side, saying the series would be remembered for “generations to come”.
In a rare gesture, and with national pride damaged by the 2-1 series defeat, the Australian national body hailed India’s “resilience, courage and skill” during the four Tests that ended in Brisbane on Tuesday.
India reached a record target of 328 with 18 balls to spare on the fifth day of the final Test in Australia’s “Fortress Gabba”, where no team had beaten the hosts in 32 years.
In the open letter sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, CA said: “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.”
CA said it was “one of the greatest Border-Gavaskar Test series ever contested”, and had produced two months of “absolutely enthralling” cricket despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will never forget the sacrifices made by our friends at the BCCI that made all this possible.”
It added: “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.”