Former England captain, Michael Vaughan credits Ravi Shastri, head coach of the Indian team, for their resilient performances in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series in Australia. The Indian has been depleted with a plethora of injuries – none of the first-choice bowlers- not 5 but 7 of them – are fit for the last Test in Brisbane.
The Indian team has been hit with a crisis like very few in the past tours: Regular captain, Virat Kohli returned home after the first Test to attend the birth of his child, and injuries galore in the Indian team before and during the entire tour – only Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have played in all 4 Test matches – add to it the mental pressure of the bio-bubble.
Really enjoy the way Ravi Shastri manages the Indian team: Michael Vaughan
However, the series stands level and the fourth Test at the Gabba has come down to a second-innings shootout after Day 3 as Australia took a lead of 33 runs. For that, Michael Vaughan gives plenty of credit to Ravi Shastri as well.
Vaughan believes that the former India batsman has done exceedingly well to motivate the Indian team to fight after they lost the services of their captain – Kohli left after India’s 36 all-out fiaschi in Adelaide.
Ravi Shastri became the head coach of the national team in 2017 replacing Anil Kumble. Under the coaching of Ravi Shastri, India won their first-ever Test series in Australia on their previous tour, Virat Kohli’s team won an ODI series in South Africa and Australia, a T20I series in England and Australia, and several other bilateral ties, along with reaching the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.
“Really enjoy the way @RaviShastriOfc manages this Indian team … He deserves a lot of credit for making them believe they could compete once @imVkohli had gone home … !! #AUSvIND” tweeted Michael Vaughan.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2021