Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan skipper heaped praise on Team India head coach Ravi Shastri for the way he inspired his side to victory in the recent 4 match Test series against Australia Down Under.
A young and inexperienced Indian team stunned the Aussies by three wickets in the Brisbane Test earlier this week to clinch the four-match series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: People Are Not Mentioning Ravi Shastri
The win was their first at The Gabba and Australia’s first loss at the venue in 32 years. While the Indian cricket team players are being hailed by fans on social media, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq believes Ravi Shastri deserves equal credit for the victory.
“One factor that people are not mentioning is Ravi Shastri. He started as off the team director and returned as the head coach, the experience and the game sense he has I feel has helped the Indian team and its players a lot. Everyone has watched him play; he was a big player for India, a terrific all-rounder,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel.
Indians were struggling to field even an XI in the 4th Test as key players were injured and also faced full-strength Australia at Gabba, Brisbane which was an invincible venue where Australia have not lost in over 30 years.
But they overcame all odds defeating Australia as likes of youngsters Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj rose to the occasion besides valiant contributions of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur which helped India clinch a nail-biting finish in 5th day of 4th Test.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: Ravi Shastri Is A Tough Campaigner And Ensured Team Didn’t Go Down And Pulled Them Back Up
India secured a 3 wicket win in 4th Test at Brisbane after an eight-wicket commendable win over Australia in the 2nd Boxing Day Test after losing 1st Test in Adelaide as the team suffered a batting collapse in 2nd innings.
The win at Brisbane is more creditable as India did not have services of Virat Kohli (homebound), injury-hit Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah in different stages of the 4 match Test series.
“I remember when he used to do commentary, the kind of things he used to say and the eye for talent that he had, you could figure how much knowledge he had of the game. That I believe has helped this Indian team a lot. He is a tough campaigner and it was evident by the fact that despite the Adelaide debacle, he ensured the team did not go down, and instead pulled them back up,” Inzamam-ul-Haq added.
Indian players received a heroes welcome upon their return from Brisbane on January 21. Ravi Shastri landed with captain Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur in Mumbai while the rest of the players returned to their home states on Thursday.