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Australia vs India 2020-21

Team India, at the start of the Australian summer were set to play 3 ODIs, 3 T20s and 4 Test Matches as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. The excitement and buildup to the Australian summer normally begins weeks, sometimes months before the first delivery of the series is even bowled, thanks to all the debates of squad selections, captaincy, venues picked for the games, etc.

 2020 was an unprecedented year that snatched away happiness from people in so many unfortunate ways, leaving them out of jobs. Industries around the world were heavily affected and it was no different for cricket boards as well who had to cut down jobs as they lost commercial contracts due to lack of cricketing action for months. Recovery is never an instant process, it has to be backed by patience.

 Although cricket resumed, the games had to be played with players kept in a Bio-Bubble that negates any potential chances of infection. The Indian team and a few Australian players who played the IPL before the Australian summer were in the bio-bubble since September.

 Australia became the first nation to welcome the fans back in the stands during the pandemic and the cricketing world was full of smiles after hearing that news. Australia and India won the ODI and T20 series respectively before the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 which was nothing short of iconic. The world was ready to witness the class of Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, the deadly pace bowling of Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah, and the skillfulness of Marnus Labuschagne and Cheteshwar Pujara.

 However, this series turned out to be special because of the youngsters of the Indian Team who led from the front in absence of big names missing out due to injuries.

 After getting bundled out for just 36 runs in Adelaide, this team bounced back by not only retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but also winning the series 2-1 against a highly experienced Australian side. What were their challenges? Strict bio-bubble conditions, racial abuse from some fans and disastrous injuries. But, the resilience, the courage, the character meant this team wasn’t in a place to make excuses, it was there to prove themselves and the world that they will achieve their goals despite those challenges and create a rich legacy. It didn’t matter to them that they were playing at the fortress Gabba, because they managed to conquer it and break the winning streak of Australia.

 Two magnificent sides once again proved why they deserve to be ranked at the top in Test Cricket by playing what will be known as the greatest series of all time.

 

 This series was more than just about cricket between the two nations. It defines the modern representation of India and Australia as cricket powerhouses with ever-growing bilateral relationship off the field.

 The impact of Border-Gavaskar Trophy is beyond the cricket field as it acts as a medium to bridge the gap between the two nations and encourages trade relations. Foxtel Group confirmed the enthralling finish to the fourth Test gripped the nation, with an average audience of 407,000 for the final session that saw Rishabh Pant guide his side to a remarkable and unlikely fifth-day victory.

Such encouraging figures tell you how important is cricket and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia as it has led to the resurgence of the economy at least from a sporting perspective.

India-Australia is supposed to be one of the fiercest sporting rivalries in the world simply because of the champion players present in both the sides. The entire summer was gripping this year, given the amount of close finishes witnessed by the world in the limited overs as well as the test series.

But, there couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to the series. India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane on behalf of his team members presented Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon with a signed jersey to felicitate him on his 100th Test appearance.

We at Australian Indian Sports, Educational and Cultural Society (AISECS) took this opportunity to promote and foster bilateral ties and connect the diplomats of both these nations who share commonwealth and love for cricket. We would also take this opportunity to thank Cricket Australia for organizing this wonderful series and the Indian team for participating and winning theBorder-Gavaskar Trophy. It is moments like these that make this rivalry special and one of the best.

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Temperature’s going to soar this Summer as India tours Australia

Last time when these two sides faced each other, it was a special occasion for AISECS. Midst all the lockdown craziness and the need to commemorate and chant the names of our favorite cricket-brities, the schedule for the much-awaited India vs Australia 2020 series was finally confirmed, with Cricket Australia announcing the venues and dates for the series. India’s tour of Australia will include a total of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests, with the series being the first international tour for Virat Kohli’s men after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. Cricket Australia also revealed that plans are in place to allow some fans for all the matches of the series. The final schedule for the India vs Australia 2020 series comes soon after the NSW government approved Cricket Australia’s bio-security plans last week.

Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri being felicitated at SCG

From the start of 2020, global pandemic has crumbled the excitement of people as they were missing their favourite athletes in action from both the cricket loving countries. But, looks like the year is going to end on a great note on account of this big game officially being played under the COVID restriction guidelines.

After completing the most looked after professional cricket league IPL in UAE, the Indian and Australian players will march to Australia. The real setback will be when the players will have to quarantine themselves as per the government guidelines which is something that the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is worried about, on account of compromising his teams fitness during those days. The protocol is most likely to be carried forward and the players need to adhere by it.

The previous India tour of Australia saw an intense competition between the two teams with the visiting team emerging victorious. This time, however, the intensity will be manifolds as the host country is looking forward to claiming back the title.

Over a period, the Indo-Ozzie ties have strengthened on account of culture, sports, education etc. Recently popular on social media, was a glimpse where Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was seen enjoying Indian snack, samosa which in his terms was humorously quoted as “SCOMOSAS”.

In high spirits, Australian-Indian sports educational and cultural society (AISECS) as an organization has come forward and played a very important role in promoting and binding the bilateral ties. By using the rich cultural and sporting heritage that these two nations have in common, (AISECS) strives to establish strong prospective pathways.

The long-term plans and course of events that (AISECS) would deliver, will include the development and implementation of the cricket series between the Indian and Australian teams this summer. Previously, the Sydney cricket ground in 2018 awarded honorary membership to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. (AISECS) took the initiative to get the achievement of these Indian cricket legends acknowledged in Australia. On this occasion the former Counsel General of India to Sydney B.Vanlalvawna, CEO of Sydney Cricket Ground- Kerrie Mather, Chairman of Sydney Cricket- Tony Shepherd were present to facilitate both Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri.

Having said that, the upcoming series will be a boon to the Indian community residing in Australia to witness one of the greatest international test series.

Counsel General & AISECS Founder at Felicitation

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Kohli and Shastri receives honour in Sydney Cricket Ground

Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have been granted honorary membership to the Sydney Cricket Ground.
This honour has been granted to only two other international cricketers in the past. Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies great Brian Lara are the honorary members of SCG.

“The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil,” said SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd in a statement.

“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.”

Australian-Indian sports educational and cultural society (AISECS) took the initiative to get the achievement of these Indian cricket legends acknowledged in Australia.

Gurnam Singh, the founder of AISECS, was present at the moment. He says Virat Kohli was humbled and excited at the moment.

Virat Kohli has become the only Indian cricket captain to win a test series on Australian soil.

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Victor Dominello vs B Vanlalvawna’s cricket match

Newly formed organisation AISECS (Australian Indian Sports, Educational and Cultural society) is aiming to strengthen the social cohesion between Australian and Indian communities even stronger.

Why ASIECS is different from other organisations, is the way it is launching itself — by holding a cricket match between Australian politicians and Indian consulate officials.

Victor Dominello and colleagues to face B Vanlalvawna’s team at cricket grounds.Gurnam Singh founder and president of AISECS told SBS Punjabi, ‘We are a team of volunteers coming from various backgrounds who have established ourselves in this land of opportunities by working all the way up from scratch. We now feel it’s our responsibility to provide guidance and directions to the future generations so that they can fulfil their dreams without going through too much struggle’.

‘In other words, AISECS is an organisation founded by common people, and for the common people. AISECS is aiming to create stronger future pathways by way of utilizing the rich cultural and sporting heritage that these two nations have in common’.

Gurnam Says, ‘The creativity of AISECS can be judged from its formal launch – unlike traditional hotel and club launches, we are inviting a show match between Australian politicians and Indian Consulate office bearers. All are invited to join to enjoy a day full of fun and sports at Meadowbank grounds (on Constitution Road) on 16th Sep starting from 10.30am’.

Would be lots of fun cricket with Consul General officials and Australian Politicians.The future plans and series of events that AISECS is going to bring to the communities would be announced at the launch itself. These will comprise planning and execution of oncoming summer of cricket series between visiting Indian team and Australia as well as holding of few other events to help international students who come here in Australia for fulfilling their dreams.

Gurnam says, ‘One of AISECS main aims is to make international students feel welcome in Australia and provide all possible assistance to the newcomers. We, the team AISECS are from a variety of backgrounds and are confident to provide ongoing support and guidance on a variety of topics’.

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Consul General-XI beat Minster’s-XI in Sydney

The match, organised by AISECS under the leadership of Mr Gurnam Singh was friendly in nature but not in spirit. Mr Dominello warned Mr Vanlalvawna from the stage during the opening ceremony of a tough fight. He said, “We are here to win.”

Mr Vanlalvawna replied with a gentle smile, “Let our bat and ball respond.”

This friendly cricket match was an initiative of AISECS to bring communities together and give the cricketing season a harmonious start. Mr Gurnam Singh said, “Cricket is the best medium to bring India and Australia together. We youngsters want to make a society which plays together, stays together. I hope this initiative brings the point home.”

CG-XI chose to bat first after winning the toss. The team played well despite losing its first wicket in the second over. The placed a massive total of 194 on the scoreboard in the 15 overs.

Minister’s-XI responded well with some great knocks but fell very short of the target. They could make 154 runs in 15 overs, losing the match to CG-XI.

Source: SBS Hindi

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