Team India coach Ravi Shastri could not stop praising his side after their successful results against India in the four-match Test series. India demolished England within three days in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs to win the Test series by 3-1. Ravi Shastri was mainly impressed with Washington Sundar, planning to convert him into a specialist batsman.
Washington Sundar carried his batting form from Australia to the home series against England, shining in the fourth Test against England. He shared two crucial partnerships with Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel in India’s first innings to put the home side in a dominant position. The left-handed batsman missed out on a maiden Test hundred but secured a winning lead of 160.
Ravi Shastri revealed that he plans to tell the selectors and Tamil Nadu state captain Dinesh Karthik to promote him to number four in the line-up. Shastri believes that he will excel in number four and could be a handy batsman at the sixth spot. The 58-year old stated that the innings played against England was even better than the one crafted in Australia.
“I think I’m going to ask either the selectors or Dinesh Karthik, to make Sundar bat in top four for his state team. He is that good a batsman, and in future we will have a very good number six for us. I think the innings he played here, is perhaps better than the one he played in Australia,” Shastri said as quoted by News18.
At 21 I had similar success, what these guys are having at the moment: Ravi Shastri
The former Indian cricketer lauded the youngsters for stepping up at crucial junctures and started by admiring Rishabh Pant. Shastri underlined that Pant had trained quite hard, improving on his glovework, followed by putting the hard yards in batting.
“At 21 I had similar success, what these guys are having at the moment. So I know where they are coming from. After performing well for sometime, when you hit a low, that is when your real journey starts. After the IPL Pant came with a lot of baggage. But he trained harder than anyone. What he has done for India, no one would have done in their entire careers. His keeping was outstanding, the batting and the hard work put in was just brilliant,” he added.