ENG vs IND 2018: This Side Can Be The Best Travelling Side In The World: Ravi Shastri
India head coach Ravi Shastri said the team wants to excel in overseas conditions after the monumental 203-run win in the third England vs India Test at Trent Bridge.
In the last couple of years, no team has dominated the Test arena like India. But one of the prime reasons behind it is the number of series they played at home. In friendly conditions, India blew away New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka to rise to the top of Test rankings as well as consolidate it.
But the real test awaited in 2018. This is the year which could make or break India’s reputation as the best Test team in the world. The start to the year was a mixed one as India won one Test in South Africa but lost the series 2-1. And on Wednesday, they once again proved their immense credentials by dismantling England by 203 runs in the third Test.
India thoroughly dominated the contest to win the game and keep the five-match series alive.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the win, Shastri lauded India’s pace battery and insisted that the team is eager to do well overseas.
“This is the best group of fast bowlers India have ever had by a mile including the bench strength as well.
It’s a conscious effort from this side to be the best travelling side in the world. Not just at home. We know we thrash oppositions at home. They don’t stand a chance, especially when we prepare spinning tracks. We want to win away from home,” he said.
“I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world,” he added.
It was one of the best all round displays by Team India in overseas conditions in recent years. After losing the toss, India batted , caught and used the new ball better than the hosts.
Shastri further lavished praise on skipper Virat Kohli who score 97 and 103 to bag the Man of the Match award.
“He (Kohli) is very passionate about the game. He loves batting, he loves to do the hard yards. His work ethics are second to none. Haven’t seen any cricketer, I’ll put Tendulkar in it as well, in the way he visualises situations,” he said.
“I promise you, he (Kohli) will forget these two innings now and take guard again as if he hadn’t scored a run in the series,” he added.
Shastri also made it clear that the team’s feet is grounded despite the massive win.
“We have won a Test match, not yet won the series but there are two Test matches to go. We’ll be thinking in that fashion.”