Australia vs India: Visiting team displays great affection towards Archie Schiller
Schiller was Australia's Co-Captain for the MCG Test.
Updated - Dec 30, 2018 2:33 pm
As the Indian cricket team gunned down the hosts Australia, there was a sense of authority which Virat Kohli refused to give away but the gestures that followed made the day for Australian cricket. The seven-year-old Archie Schiller, who co-captained the Australian team for a match was shown great affection by the visitors after the match.
Archie Schiller has been diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, having undergone thirteen surgeries in total since his birth. He was present at the coin toss where the Indian counterpart Virat Kohli shook hands with him. At the coin toss, Schiller had acted as the co-captain of his country and was overwhelmed to be part of the biggest cricket match of the year in his nation.
For a very young cricket fan, Cricket Australia joined hands with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity to make his dream “to captain Australia” come true. Schiller also took part in the team’s mock drills and training sessions along with meeting his other countrymen.
However, to the contrary, Australia were hammered by India in their last match of the year by 123 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The hosts will need to regroup fast against a rampaging India to prevent their first Test series loss against India on the home soil at Sydney.
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Onya Archie! What a week he's had leading the Aussie team in Melbourne.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 30, 2018
Schiller enjoyed every moment of it with the hosts
The seven-year old’s mother was profusely jubilant to see his son out there in the middle and seeing him smile uncontrollably. It was also reported that the kid spent his time of his life with the people who he considers as idols.
“He was just on to of the world to be out there with the team, I’ve never seen him smile so much. He said he felt included in what was going on and he loves this sport so much. He sleeps now with his baggy green on – he would sleep in his team blazer if we allowed him to. He handled it absolutely beautifully. When he got there, he just put on his whites and said, “See ya Mum and Dad, I’m with my mates now,” his mother Sarah Schiller said as quoted by BBC.