After beating England 3-1, the Indian head coach praised the youth for coming through the ranks and performing in really difficult situations
There is no reason to weep over the nature of the Motera circuit, India head coach Ravi Shastri said on Saturday, saying the curator has prepared seats that have produced “fantastic entertainment” in the last two games in Ahmedabad.
The place for the third test was heavily criticized by some former English players after the visitors were eliminated in the day / night game for 112 and 81.
While England struggled on the spin-friendly track, India won the third and fourth Tests here to qualify for the final of the Test World Championship against New Zealand in June.
“Why should I hold back? I attribute it to the Groundsman,” Shastri said after India sacked England for 135 to record an innings and a 25-run win here in the final Test.
“I think Ashish Bhowmick is a great groundsman, he knows his job. He learned the hard way. He worked with Daljit Singh who was a master curator.
“Who’s going to complain against a track like this? It’s fantastic entertainment for both teams and the game, and the 3-1 result doesn’t really suggest how close the series was.” Shastri praised the team for reaching the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC), even though the ICC changed the qualification criteria last year.
“It’s been two and a half years for us to be at the top of the table in the World Testing Championship and those years to be successful were six years ago,” he said.
“The boys each played a series, they didn’t really care about the Test World Cup because the goal post is moved every time.
“We were at the top of the table and there were some rule changes in the percentage system when we weren’t even playing, but anyway, we have 520 points, we deserve to be at the top of the table and play this final. ”
In several bilateral series that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC had specified the percentage of points as a criterion for determining the ranking of the World Test Championship.
Shastri blamed fatigue for the team’s loss in the first test in Chennai.
“It could have been different if we had a few more days off, but no excuses. Boys were like zombies, they were tired and there was no crowd to cheer them on. Because everything was flat and so was the performance,” said he.
“But then, kicking the back to rekindle pride in the system can make a huge difference, and the last three tests have shown that.”
The 58-year-old said it was very satisfying to see the youngsters perform.
“… when you see youngsters coming through the ranks and facing a situation that is really difficult. Not one person in charge. We gave opportunities for youngsters, and they seized and delivered them”, he said.
“They were in a corner, but they fought from there. This side refuses to give up. We weren’t to be suppressed in Australia and we’re equal here too.
“What (Rishabh) Pant and (Washington) Sundar pulled off yesterday was unreal because the pressure was on us and we were lagging behind by 50 and getting to 360 from there was an outstanding achievement.”
Indian players have been in the bio-bubble since the days leading up to the IPL last August and Shastri said they are desperate to get out soon.
“Six months in the bubble, if we see the same faces day in and day out, it’s time for the bubble to burst (smiles). I know it’s three weeks to go, but the bubble is going to burst,” he said.
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