AUS v IND 2020-21: "India reaping rewards for investing in cricketing structure," says Zaheer Abbas

India recently thrashed Australia in four-Test series 2-1.

India's hard work is reason behind their Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 success in Australia | Getty Images

Pakistan cricketers have been continuously showering lot of praise on the Indian Cricket Team ever since the young brigade led by Ajinkya Rahane crushed Australia at their fortress 'The Gabba' to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy last week and now Zaheer Abbas has joined in to laud the victorious side.

An injury-hit Team India stunned the entire world by thrashing Australia at their home in the recent four-Test series and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 for the second consecutive time despite playing with an inexperienced XI in the crucial last Test match.

Lauding Team India’s historic Test series win over Australia, Abbas, Pakistan batting legend, believes that India is reaping rich rewards for the investment they made in its cricketing structure in the last decade.

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Abbas was quoted as saying in a show on Geo TV: “Look at how the Indian team has come up. Today they are winning series in Australia not once but twice in three years. That has happened because India has invested and planned on their cricket structure a lot in the last decade and today they are reaping the benefits of that hardwork.”

He further noted that there was no substitute for hardwork, which is the only solution to success while recalling his time when there were no coaches and they had to work on themselves to succeed.

The legendary cricketer further noted, “In cricket, I have always believed that it is how much hard work and time an individual player is willing to put into his game that matters the most. No amount of coaching or advice can make you a top player unless you work hard on your game yourself.”

He signed off by saying, “In our times we didn't have specialized coaches, just mentors. We were expected to work hard and devote time to our training and nets if we wanted to become big players.”

(With PTI Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 23 Jan, 2021

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