Indian cricket team director Ravi Shastri backed Indian bowlers on Tuesday. India already surrendered the ODI series after losing first three ODI matches consecutively in a five ODIs.
Shastri said there is “absolutely no shame” in the way India had played in this series. Shastri mentioned this Australia tour as a “learning curve” for the Indian team.
Shastri spoke out at Canberra, “After this series, I am sure bowlers will learn and we can go places. In Australia, nothing comes easy. It’s one of the hardest places to play, you are playing against the world champions. Yes, (we are) disappointed at the result because we could have pulled one back, especially in Melbourne, but then Australia played well.”
Shastri said the bowlers need to bowl as a unit like 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He explained, “To win a game, one or two bowlers can’t do a job. You need to bowl as a unit. The reason why we did well in the World Cup, we had all five bowlers firing. When that happens, then you have a chance of beating the best in the world.”
Shastri admitted that there was no excuse for losing. Yet he stated how hard the travel had been for the visiting side while playing across three different time zones inside six days. Then Shastri said, “When you consider all that, the boys have done extremely well.”
Shastri also said that he would suggest to BCCI in future taking some more cricketers, especially in the overseas tour as per concern the injuries.
Shastri also defended their batsman on the earlier comment of Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell had told during the press conference after the 3rd match in Melbourne, “Maybe Indian batsmen are milestone driven.”
Shastri replied to his comment, “If they were focusing on milestones, Virat Kohli won’t be the fastest to 7000 runs – he would’ve taken another 100 games. If that was the case, Rohit Sharma would not be having two double hundreds and a score of 264.”
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India Team Director Ravi Shastri addressed the media on the eve of the 4th ODI at Canberra #AUSvIND
Posted by Indian Cricket Team on Monday, 18 January 2016