Australian footballer Scott Neville is playing for East Bengal in the ISL. The cricket fan reacts to India’s sensational Test series victory at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The Indian cricket team, on Tuesday, defied all odds to beat Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (the Gabba) and won the four-match Test series 2-1.
Test wins in Australia are always special, but this one meant more. Not only were India missing more than half of their first team regulars, including captain Virat Kohli, they also needed to hand the mighty Aussies their first defeat at the Gabba in 32 years to pull off the feat.
The nature of the victory, understandably, sent the cricketing world into frenzy, with Indian fans and neutrals hailing India's stand down under. Australian faithfuls, meanwhile, were left stunned.
Australian footballer Scott Neville, who is playing in the Indian Super League (ISL) for Kolkata club East Bengal, hailed India’s series win Down Under and said there was a lesson for the red and golds in the way Team India played.
Neville is on loan from A-League side Brisbane Roars and has represented the Australian Under-23 national football team.
“It’s a disappointing day to be an Australian but credits to the Indian cricket team for the way they chased down the target and won the fourth Test. I think it’s huge for Indian cricket to go to Australia and win a series,” Neville told the Olympic Channel.
“I have had my share of banter from the Indian players in the East Bengal team. They’re very jovial. It’s their day today,” the Australian defender quipped.
Based out of Brisbane, Neville also revealed that he shares a special connection with the venue at which history was made today.
“You can watch the games at Gabba from the balcony of my home. My wife was working from home and watched the match from there. I did it from my hotel room in Goa,” he said.
The Australia vs India Test series was an astounding show of fighting spirit and perseverance by the Indians. They lost the first Test at Adelaide after being bowled out for 36 – their lowest-ever score in Test cricket – in the second innings.
With star batsman Virat Kohli returning to India after the first match for his paternity break, things looked bleak. Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, though, the team turned the tables to draw level at Melbourne.
After drawing the third Test in Sydney, India headed to The Gabba – perhaps the strongest Aussie fortress.
Missing star pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and key players like Ravindra Jadeja, a young playing XI, featuring Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj took the fight to Tim Paine’s mighty Aussie team and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
India chased down a whopping 328 runs on the final day to seal the victory. The previous highest successful run chase at The Gabba was 236, which the home team only did in 1951.
“The Indians started the series slowly but then came good. They overcame great adversities. Virat Kohli returned home early and there were a handful of injuries. Very impressed with the fighting spirit they showed,” Neville, a big fan of former Aussie pacer Glenn McGrath, stated.
With his team East Bengal enduring a slow start to ISL 2020-21, the Australian admitted that it would be nice to take a leaf out of the Indian cricket team’s playbook in the coming matches.
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