Team India etched its name in the record books for securing the second consecutive Test series win on Australian soil. Indians stunned the Aussies in the Border Gavaskar Trophy series. After getting bowled out for a paltry 36 in the first Test, nobody really expected them to turn things around.
The chances of winning the series looked like a mission impossible after Indian skipper Virat Kohli took the flight to India. BCCI granted him paternity leave as he had to attend the birth of his first child. However, the team management had faith in Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane who never lost a Test match as captain led the team in Virat Kohli’s absence. He led the team from the vanguard and delivered the best result. He scored a century in Melbourne Test. India won the game by 8 wickets to level the series.
Coming to the third Test, both teams gave absolutely everything. The match was so competitive that it extended till the final day. However, Ravi Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari survived the bowling attack. The SCG Test ended in a draw.
Aussies approached the Gabba Test with firm favorites. They never lost a Test match at their fortress since 1988. For 32 years, no team dared to confront them. However, Indians did not fear them. They gave it all in every aspect of the game. India won the game by 3 wickets.
Rishabh Pant who played an important role by scoring 97 in SCG Test, scored an unbeaten 89* in Brisbane. He hit the winning runs for the visitors. Shubman Gill scored 91 during the run-chase while Cheteshwar Pujara chipped in with vita 56.
BCCI VP posts controversial tweet
The whole nation rejoiced the famous 2-1 series victory in Australia. Indian fans praised Rahane & Co for scripting a remarkable series win. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, T Natarajan were given grand welcome at their respective hometowns.
While majority of Indian fans poured in with wishes for Team India, BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla posted a controversial tweet. Shukla came under fire for linking the Indian players with their religions.
His tweet went viral on social media and fans slammed him for coming up with this type of tweet. In his first tweet, he posted a picture highlighting that Mohammed Siraj and Rishabh Pant for their religions after the winning pose on Australian soil.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India Vice President wrote: “Ek Hindu, dusra Muslim. fir bhi dono is baat se khush hai ki bharat jeet gya. Agar yhi baat desh ki janta ko samajh aa jae to kattar muslim or kattar hindu ke naam par chal rahi kuch partiyo ki Rajneeti hi samapat ho jae.”
Rajiv Shukla declares wrong religion of Washington Sundar
He didn’t stop with just one tweet. He posted another tweet and wrote: “Rishabh-Hindu, Siraj-Muslim, Shubman Gill -Sikh, Washington Sundar-Christian. Contribution of all these cricketers made Team India convincing victory.”
Meanwhile, one of the social media users lashed out at Rajiv Shukla for posting fake Whatsapp forwards. “Washington Sundar is a Hindu, can’t believe you are close to BCCI still posting WhatsApp forwards which are false,” the user wrote.