India coach Ravi Shastri lavished praises on his side as they stormed to the ICC World Test Championship’s final by beating England by an innings and 25 runs in the final Test in Ahmedabad. India defeated England and claimed the four-match rubber, thereby also booking their tickets for the ICC World Test Championship’s final. Ravi Shastri highlighted that India deserved to play in the final.
India booked their spot in the ICC World Test Championship’s final against New Zealand at Lord’s in June. Virat Kohli’s men demolished England on day three of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, claiming a 3-1 series victory even after losing the first Test. Rishabh Pant’s hundred was the highlight of the match, while Ravichandran Ashwin bagged the man of the series award.
Ravi Shastri said that the entire team deserves credit and it has come as a result of two years’ hard work instead of overnight. The former Indian cricketer underlined that India was not bothered about the Test Championship, taking it one series at a time. Shastri also stated that India beat all the odds, deserving to be the table-toppers, and playing the final.
“The whole team deserves credit. They have worked hard, this is not something that has come overnight. It has been hard work for over 2 and half years. And for those two years, it’s been six years prior to that. The boys took one series at a time. They weren’t really bothered about the World Test Championship. Let me be honest here. The goalpost shifted often. We were on top of the table and then it changed to a percentage system when you were not even playing. Don’t mind all that. 520 points, we deserve to be on top of that table and playing that final,” Ravi Shastri told Star Sports.
What Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar did was unreal: Ravi Shastri
The 58-year old was also proud of the youngsters stepping up and satisfied to see them putting their hands up under pressure. He hailed the work done by Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar as they propelled India to 360 after being at 153-6 at one stage.
“Well, it’s a great feeling. It’s particularly satisfying in this format when you see youngsters coming through the ranks and performing as well as they have. What Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar did was unreal. The pressure was on us and to apply themselves and get the team to 360 was unreal,” he added.