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Ravi Shastri is elated after MCG victory. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

Last Update on: December 10th, 2018 at 02:35 pm

India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri is extremely overwhelmed with the players, as India won the first Test beating Australia by 31 runs. However, India is the second Asian side to win the first Test of a series in Australia after Pakistan at the MCG in 1978/79  (1-1).

Pujara, bowlers shine for India in Adelaide –

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Ravi Shastri hailed India for Adelaide win. Image Courtesy: Getty

In addition to, Indian bowling department who showed their capabilities previously in South Africa and England had put all their strength to be in the same track this time. Cheteshwar Pujara has been the backbone of the Indian Test side who again showed his temperament and class on the Australian soil.

Meanwhile, India’s number three had scored 123 runs in the first innings and then scored 71 runs in the second essay. His contribution is the primary factor, as India could take the lead in the series.

Furthermore, Ravi Shastri is delighted with the first Test win. He appreciated the players for their disciplined manner on the field. Sharsti also added India should allow Rishabh Pant to play his natural game and he will surely recover his mistakes. The 56-year-old is expecting the same spirit from Virat Kohli’s men in the second Test at Perth.

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It was a tough, tough Test match –

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Shastri calls Adelaide win as motivating. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Very very happy with this win. It was a tough, tough Test match. The boys were disciplined, and they stuck to their task. We lost in England by 31 runs, we lost a close first match in South Africa by around 60 runs, but this is a very good win, feels really good. There’s a belief in the team when you get off to a good start. There were some rash shots played, some foolish cricket but they learnt from their mistakes and rectified it in the second innings. Ravi Shastri said during the post-match ceremony.

They’ll have to rest (the pacers) and be fully fit for Perth. There’s plenty on offer for the fast bowlers, but they’ll have to be at their best. The pacers were brilliant in the first innings, something they’ve worked on. As a bowling unit when you show such kind of discipline, you can put any side under pressure. You gotta allow him (Pant) to play his game. He has to be a bit sensible and smart now. If he makes a mistake, I’ll be in his ears.” Ravi Shastri added.

However, the second match of the four-match Test series will commence  December 14, 2018.

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