Not many considered India’s Test and ODI series win in Australia as credible because the hosts were missing two of their key players. Well, the series victory against Australia in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series has reinstated the belief that the previous mauling of Australia wasn’t a one-off performance. And coach Ravi Shastri had declared that none could point fingers on the Men in Blue of by saying that they have thrashed depleted-looking Australian team.
The Aussies arrived in India with their full-strength side, having the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins in their ranks. They still came up short and despite winning the first ODI by a ten-wicket margin, Australia couldn’t keep India down in the next two games held at Rajkot and Bengaluru.
The chief coach for India, Shastri has lauded this Indian outfit, who bounced back strongly from the trouncing they received at the Wankhede in Mumbai. The coach further said that despite all the factors against them, they managed to beat the visitors convincingly. Notably, it shows that nobody can come out to say that they defeated a second-string side.
“Now nobody can say we played an inferior Australia side. This team, the boys showed great character. Nobody can say we played an inferior Australia side. They got a thrashing in Mumbai, and then to win two games, with all the travel, and with Australia winning all three tosses.” Ravi Shastri said as quoted by India Today.
Shreyas Iyer names the Australian bowling attack as the best he faced until now:
Shreyas Iyer, who could not make a significant contribution in the first two ODIs, acknowledged that this is the best bowling attack he has come up against. The 25-year old, who remained unbeaten on 44 in the final ODI to see his team home.
The right-handed batsman Iyer further said that to perform against the best bowling attack, gives him much-needed confidence that he can conduct himself well anywhere. The talented cricketer decided to stick to his plans that came off good at the end of the day.
“I have seen them bowling, but coming and playing against them is different. To be honest, as many matches I have played, they have been the best bowling attack. Performing against the best bowling attack gives you the satisfaction and confidence that you can go play anywhere. I had decided to stay till the end, take every blow as they decided to attack my body. I had my plans and executed it well.” Iyer said.
Nowe, The Men in Blue will fly to New Zealand where they will play five T20Is, two Tests, and three ODIs commencing from January 24 in Auckland.