Ravi Shastri, Indian head coach on Saturday gave a befitting reply to a viral social media meme surrounding his picture after India won the Pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad.
The meme was posted by writer Shobha De on her Twitter account which Ravi Shastri saw and tweeted back.
Ravi Shastri Loves Banter As He Feels Good To Bring Smiles Back
In the 3rd Test, England was skittled out for 112 in their first innings on a track assisting spinners at the world’s largest cricket stadium. Even Indian batsmen struggled against part-time spinner Joe Root and Jack Leach on the 2nd day with the hosts collapsing from a strong commendable position of 99 for 3 to 145 in the first session mainly due to the England captain Joe Root’s maiden five-wicket haul.
England then was dismissed after scoring only 81 in their second innings, lasting just 30.4 overs with all 10 batsmen falling to spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, and Axar Patel. Rohit Sharma who scored 66 in the first innings scored 25* and Shubman Gill scored 15* as the duo knocked off the required 49-run target in just 7.4 overs to win the match for India.
With this win, India goes 2-1 up with 1 match remaining at the same venue, Ahmedabad as they won the 2nd Test at Chennai by 317 runs after losing the first one by 227 runs.
India bounced back after losing the 1st Test against both Australia in Australia and England at home. Australia began the recently concluded series on a strong note winning the day-night Test in Adelaide within three days and handing India one of their worst Test defeats in recent history as the team registered the lowest ever Test score of 36. A young and inexperienced Indian team however stunned the Aussies by three wickets in the Brisbane Test after winning at Melbourne to clinch the four-match series 2-1 and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Love the banter ! Feels good to bring some smiles in these tough times 🙌🏻 https://t.co/mzPe5MtItj
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 27, 2021
On 13 July 2017, Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. On 16 August 2019, Ravi Shastri was re-appointed as the head coach of the senior men’s Indian team and will remain in charge until the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup.
Axar Patel Claims 11 Wickets As India Beat England By 10 Wickets To Go 2-1 Up
India’s spinner Axar Patel claimed an 11-wicket match haul as they beat England by 10 wickets inside two days in the day-night third Test on Thursday, dashing the tourists’ hopes of making the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship in June.
On a viciously turning track, England was shot out for 81 in the second innings, their lowest ever total against India, who had suffered their own first-innings collapse on a chaotic day at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Chasing 49 for victory in the spin-dominated, low-scoring contest, India overwhelmed the target without losing a wicket to go 2-1 up in the four-test series. The hosts need a draw in the final test, also in Ahmedabad from March 4, to reach the WTC final. If India loses the fourth test, Australia will play New Zealand in the June 18-22 contest.