“Nobody can say we played an inferior Australia side,” mentioned head coach Ravi Shastri, taking an apparent dig at critics who didn’t fee extremely India’s Test sequence win Down Under final 12 months.
Shastri’s feedback got here after India wrapped the house ODI sequence towards full-energy Australia.
Skipper Virat Kohli had led India to its first ever Test sequence win on Australia soil but it surely had come within the absence of their key batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, who have been serving bans after being indicted in a ball-tampering scandal.
Critics mentioned the win got here when Smith and Warner weren’t there to problem India. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had additionally mentioned the even Kohli is aware of that the away Test sequence win in 2019 was not towards a full-energy Australia .
“This team, the boys showed great character. Nobody can say we played an inferior Australia side. They got a thrashing in Mumbai, and then to win two games, with all the travel, and with Australia winning all three tosses,” Shastri mentioned after India’s seven-wicket win within the decisive third match.
But each Smith and Warmer have been within the Australian line-up for this ODI sequence, which India claimed 2-1 after dropping the sequence-opener in Mumbai.
Shastri mentioned key to India’s win was choosing “important wickets in the middle overs.” Eulogising the gamers in his side, Shastri mentioned every one in every of them is nice sufficient to be within the enjoying XI.
“They realised once they got off to a start, that this Australian attack will always look for wickets. Each of those 11 will always look to get in the door if they get a foot in,” he mentioned.
“Virat and Rohit batted well, and Shreyas will get a lot of confidence from this innings.” Shastri was filled with reward for his bowlers, saying the rival batsmen can’t take a lot freedom towards them within the dying overs.
“If sides are looking to take us apart in the last 10 overs, then we have a lot of variety. The game might be 130 years old, but that [the yorker] is still the best ball in the world,” Shastri mentioned referring to the block-gap supply which the Indians used very successfully and persistently towards the Australians on this sequence.
“The exposure they (youngsters) get against this Australian outfit will stand them in good stead. Their mindset will be entirely different. Young Saini is quick, and if he gets it right, he’ll tickle a few. Really proud of the guys – I thought they were magnificent,” he signed off.