The Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri received the honorary life membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. The SCG awarded the membership to Kohli and Shastri for their illustrious contributions to cricket and history in that particular in the ground. Apart from Kohli and Shastri, the only other international cricketers who have been granted the honorary membership of the SCG are Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.
After receiving the honor, an elated Shastri, after receiving the honor, took to Twitter and posted a picture alongside the Indian skipper. He tweeted, “Great honor and very humbling to get the honorary life membership of the @scg along with @imVkohli #TeamIndia #AUSvIND”.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 11, 2019
— Sydney Cricket Ground (@scg) January 11, 2019
The Indian team under the leadership of Kohli and mentorship of Shastri became the first ever Indian team to win a Test series on Australian soil. India clinched the four-match Test series 2-1 with the final Test in Sydney ending in a draw.
Talking about the membership, SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd said, “The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil. It is wonderful to see the world’s largest cricketing nation putting its focus firmly on Test cricket – a step that will reinforce the pre-eminence of Tests in the global cricketing landscape. Virat and Ravi have been at the forefront of that and Test cricket are well served having both placing such significance on the five-day format.”
After a convincing Test series victory, India is now scheduled to play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against Australia. The first ODI of the series will be played in Sydney on January 12 while the other two matches will be held in Adelaide and Melbourne on January 15 and 18 respectively.