Recognising the achievements and their contributions towards the sport, the Sydney Cricket Ground paid tributes to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri by honoring them with a lifetime membership.
Taking to Twitter, Shastri stated that he is honored and humbled with the act by the SCG. "Great honour and very humbling to get the honorary life membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground along with Virat Kohli," his post read.
Speaking about the captain-coach duo accepting the honorary membership, SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd stated that the duo have played a major role in keeping Test cricket a force.
"The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil. 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 is well served having both placing such significance on the five-day format," he added.
The only other individuals who have been honored in such a manner are former Indian cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar and former West Indies legend Brian Lara.
India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia following the rain-hit fixture which ended in a draw in Sydney just a few days ago. Apart from the nation's maiden series win Down Under, the combination of Kumble and Kohli became the first to guide an Asian team to victory against Australia in Australia.