11 January 2019
Shastri and Kohli accept honorary membership
Indian coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli have today accepted honorary membership to the SCG as a gesture of recognition for their contribution to the sport of cricket and the ground's history.
Together, they helped India to the team's first-ever series win on Australian soil with a convincing performance in the New Year's Test.
The only other international cricketers to have been granted honorary membership are fellow countryman Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies great Brian Lara.
“The SCG congratulates Team India for securing its first Test series win on Australian soil,” said SCG Chairman Tony Shepherd.
“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.”