Indian national cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri on January 11, 2019, received the honorary membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for their contribution to the sport of cricket.
The Indian team defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test series, ending the country’s 71-year-old wait for a rare series win Down Under.
The Sydney Cricket Ground congratulated India on achieving the feat and it’s Chairman Tony Shepherd was quoted saying that 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.
1. The only other international cricketers to be granted the honorary membership of the SCG, apart from Kohli and Shastri, include the iconic Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara of West Indies.
2. Speaking on the occasion, the SCG Chairman Shepherd said that Virat and Ravi have been at the forefront and Test cricket is well served having both placing such significance on the five-day format.
3. Kohli has reiterated his love for Test cricket on various instances throughout India’s tours of England and Australia while Ravi Shastri ranked the series win bigger than the 1983 World Cup and the 1985 World Championship for him on a personal level simply because it came in the longest format of the game.
4. Commenting through a tweet, Shastri had said that it is a great honor to get the honorary life membership of the SCG along with Kohli.