Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq lavished praise on the head coach of the Indian team, Ravi Shastri, under whom India has not once, but twice conquered Australia in Australia. Inzamam points out that while people are celebrating the success of the team on the field, Shastri needs to be given credit for holding the team in the dressing room as the visitors had to battle a lot of extrinsic factors in Australia.
Before taking the role of a full-time coach, Shastri was the Team Director between 2014 and 2016 and later replaced Anil Kumble in 2017. Inzamam opines that Shastri’s experience as a successful cricketer and his game sense has helped the Indian team a lot.
In his YouTube video, Inzamam-ul-Haq said, “One factor that people are not mentioning is Ravi Shastri. He started off as the team director and returned as the head coach, the experience and the game sense he has I feel has helped the Indian team and its players a lot. Everyone has watched him play; he was a big player for India, a terrific all-rounder.”
Ravi Shastri ensured the team did not go down after the Adelaide debacle: Inzamam-ul-Haq
In Adelaide in the first Test, India was bowled out for 36, their lowest ever Test total, and kept losing players throughout the series – by the last Test, only two players, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, have played in all the four Tests.
Inzamam-ul-Haq credits ‘tough’ Ravi Shastri for keeping the team in good mental space in the time of adversity. The visitors went to win the series with victories in Melbourne and Brisbane. Under Shastri, the Indian team is yet to lose a Test series at home.
“I remember when he used to do commentary, the kind of things he used to say and the eye for talent that he had, you could figure how much knowledge he had of the game. That I believe has helped this Indian team a lot,” Inzamam-ul-Haq added.
“He is a tough campaigner and it was evident by the fact that despite the Adelaide debacle, he ensured the team did not go down, and instead pulled them back up,” the former Pakistan skipper further said.