Ravi Shastri, India’s team director is one individual who sternly believes in aggression as a path to success. In his latest interaction, Shastri said that his side was more than eager to take on South Africa and the hosts would continue to play an aggressive brand of cricket. Shastri also said that recent failures for India in the ODI’s will not at all affect the performance of the test side.
“We will play positive cricket and we will look to play to win. We will not be intimidated by the opposition or their rankings,” Shastri said during a press conferencein Mohali. “I don’t think. In fact I will look at it other way. I will put it (Pressure) right back on South Africa,” said Shastri, when asked about if the hosts would be under excess burden to perform.
“South Africa have been unbeaten in nine years and India has the great opportunity to upstage them and do something special. If India beat South Africa they will go up two or three places up in the Test rankings. I see a huge positive can happen for India if they play to their potential,” Shastri further said.
Shastri also hinted that the hosts would field a bowling combination depending entirely upon the conditions. “The way we want to play over the next four or five years is you play every game where you look to take it forward and win the series whether it is at home or overseas. You need to take 20 wickets to achieve that. We will decide about the bowling combination once we see the pitch.”