Indian head coach Ravi Shastri spoke in glowing terms about the team and its fighting qualities withstanding the tough bio security bubble protocols and winning important test series . He was speaking at a virtual press conference one day after India won the test series against England 3-1 .
Shastri was livid with the constant change of point rules of the ICC with respect to qualification for the final of World test Championships which he termed as ” shifting of goalposts” . Though he conceded that it had to be done due to the pandemic situation , he was at pains to accept the fact that how can a team after taking such a big lead in points , can find itself in a situation where it still had to win a fair number of matches from its final round of tests to qualify? However he proudly declared that the team rose to the occasion and achieved every single step that was needed to qualify for the finals .
Shastri said that the bio bubble protocols , tough as they were , had in effect helped the Indian team to create a strong reserve bench since a larger squad had to be taken on tour . Now almost each position have 2 to 3 options .
The head coach spoke in glowing terms about Rishabh Pant , stating after the IPL he came with a lot of baggage but worked hardest than anyone in the team starting from the Australian test series and the results are evident now as not only he is batting brilliantly , he keeping has also gone up several notches in the England series.
About Washington Sundar’s batting , Shastri in reply to a question whether he will be pushed up the order , mentioned that he is ready to bat up the order and should bat at a higher number for Tamil Nadu state team regularly for which even he is ready to speak to the Tamil Nadu team management .
Shastri was unfazed by social media memes on him that is viral in internet.
“It’s banter all the way. They do it to have fun. It’s at my expense, but it’s okay. Have a drink on my name. When you post those kind of things, so many people have a laugh,” Enjoy, it doesn’t affect me,” Shastri said .
“In cricket, if you are playing well and succeeding, people will be happy with you, and when you are not winning, you have to face some kicks and slaps,” he added.
Shastri has also reminded people that Virat Kohli’s role in this team’s success cannot be overlooked. The Indian skipper, in six innings of the England home series, managed to score only 172 runs averaging 28.67 but got full credit as a captain for team’s series win from the head coach .