The Indian team director Ravi Shastri said that the despite India crushing South Africa in the test series by 3-0 that the current crop of Indian batsmen need massive improvement when it comes to facing on tracks that offer turn.
“The problem what we’ve had in the Indian team is that our boys don t play enough domestic cricket, and it is not their fault. The calendar is so packed. So, the footwork and the way they play spin bowling on turning tracks, that aspect needs massive improvement. That will come when you are exposed to these conditions,” Shastri told bcci.tv on Saturday.
“They have played overseas for the last two years and when they came home for this series, the conditions they have grown up in, were suddenly foreign to them. But it was an education,” the former India captain said.
Ravi Shastri complimented Rahane for adapting well after failing in the first of first three test matches. “Look at Ajinkya Rahane. The way he got out in the first Test once defending and once playing an attacking shot. And you saw how he batted in the final Test in Delhi. He was sure in attack and defence, which is the name of the game.”
Shastri also give credit to the likes of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, R Jadeja, R Ashwin for the performance in the test series.
“I think he (Ishant) is very close to becoming a complete fast bowler. He knows how to adapt to different conditions and different situations of the game. He knows when to let go and when to hold back. He has pretty much understood his own game.
The Indian team have struggled against the spin bowling Nathan Lyon, Ragana Herath, Moeen Ali, Simon Harmer, Dane Pidet.
“I told him (Dhawan) after the match,”You scored 20s and 30s in this series but don’t ever forget that those runs are priceless. They are as important as a 70, 80 or hundred on any other surface. You stalled the new-ball bowlers, kept them at bay and took your side in a solid position”.