The ‘Freedom Trophy’ test series first took place in 2015. Freedom for which Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela sacrificed their lives and thereby allowed a nation to be born free.
“Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.”
The struggle for freedom has been the common thread between the two countries, India and South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela liberated both nations with non-violence and non-co-operation as their weapons which inspired the world, to adopt and achieve their goals in a peaceful manner.
For both Standard Bank Proteas and India, there is no greater duty than to uphold the ideals of both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
The series kicked off on, 02 October, a day that is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, an anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.
The Standard Bank Proteas went into this series with a number of new players which was exciting to see. It was without a doubt that this would be difficult for they played against a strong, more experienced Indian team.
The team demonstrated a fighting spirit despite a stronger opposition, unfortunately this was not enough to secure the number one spot for the Standard Bank Proteas. The last game was played at Ranchi on Tuesday, where India wrapped up the series with a 3-0 win to claim the 120 test match points.
Through this series, both teams displayed a deep love for cricket, and both fought hard to win on and off the field, but never forget to battle in the spirit of both these two great men of our time. A huge responsibility to live up to and the legacies that both Mandela and Gandhi have left behind.