Firstpost Spodcast Episode 117: India's historic Test series victory in Australia, AFC Asian Cup and more
We discuss India's historic Test series victory in Australia, AFC Asian Cup and more on this episode of Spodcast
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli termed the series win in Australia as the best achievement of his career.
In the Premier Badminton League, Awadhe Warriors beat Chennai Smashers 4-3 in a close contest.
In the AFC Asian Cup, South Korea beat Philippines on Monday while China just about avoided a humiliating defeat to Kyrgyzstan.
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The biggest talking point of today's podcast is India's historic Test series victory over Australia Down Under.
India skipper Virat Kohli termed the series win in Australia as the best of his career. He said, “By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile...I was a part of the 2011 World Cup team but I didn't have the emotion of not having been able to win a World Cup before, playing at home and winning it eventually. A lot of the senior players had that emotion. So, for them it was what 'we have achieved'. Yes, it was a great moment for me to be part of. But if you ask me which moment is more emotional, I would say this one, because this is my third tour here and I have seen with experience and being in the field as to how difficult it is to win here. So from that point of view this one is more emotional to me.”
We also discus badminton news from the Premier Badminton League, where Awadhe Warriors beat Chennai Smashers 4-3 in a close contest.
In other issues we talk about on this podcast, is news from the AFC Asian Cup 2019 where South Korea beat Philippines on Monday while China just about avoided a humiliating defeat to Kyrgyzstan.
South Korea, one of the strongest teams in Asia, last won the tournament in 1960. Korea are ranked 53rd in the world while Philippines are ranked 116. That’s lower than India who are ranked 97. Yet, the Koreans had to soak up a considerable amount of pressure as the Filipinos, coached by Sven-Goran Eriksson, put up a stiff fight.
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The teams are expected to reach Chennai by 27 January and undergo testing before entering the bio-bubble.
India vs Australia: Family, friends erupt with joy after Mohammed Siraj’s efforts guide visitors to historic series win
With 13 scalps, Siraj was India's highest wicket-taker in the memorable 2-1 series win on Tuesday and people in the locality where the cricketer lives erupted in joy.
India, after conceding a 33-run first innings lead, bundled out Australia for 294, with pacers Mohammed Siraj (5/73) and Shardul Thakur (4/61) doing the bulk of the damage.