"SPORT HAS the power to change the world," once commented the world's greatest Dr Nelson Mandela.
“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.”
Although one would agree with the sensible quote, however on the other side it will be a hard pill to swallow following the white-wash South Africa experienced at the hands of hosts India, during the recent Mandela-Gandhi Freedom Trophy.
India won the series with a 3-0 win to claim the 120 test match points.
On the political front both stalwarts Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela sacrificed their lives and thereby allowed a nation to be born free from years of bondage and oppression.
The struggle for freedom has been the common thread between the two countries, India and South Africa.
Both these countries display a deep love for cricket, and both fight 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 they have left behind.
As members of BRICS and both countries having bilateral economic relations, India is currently South Africa’s second largest trading partner in Asia and ranks among South Africa’s top 10 trade partners.
Freedom Trophy is a cricket trophy that is awarded to the winner of Test series, known as Gandhi-Mandela series, between India and South Africa.
First awarded in 2015, the trophy is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
With tails between their legs, the Standard Bank Proteas are back in the country in preparation for their next series at home against England.
Image (SA’s captain Faf du Plessis and India cricket player Virat Kohli).