Said Bumrah, Shami, Umesh, Saini and Siraj have the ability to rock India
Ravi Shastri spoke harshly to his team. “No respite.”
The conditions, as he admitted in this Sunday chat with Sportstar from his room in Adelaide, are “tough”, as are the Indian team’s determination to make its mark this summer in Australia, one of the countries of most difficult cricket to visit. , especially in the current scenario due to the coronavirus pandemic.
India’s expectations are huge. “Nothing wrong. It makes us all the more excited to play. I know it’s going to be tough, but then the monkey is out of our back … on the back of the captain (Virat Kohli).
“We beat Australia here last time (2018-19) and beat them when they played in India (2016-17). No member of this Australian team has the experience of beating India in India. We’ve only lost at home to Australia once in the past 15 years and that was in 2004, ”said Shastri.
India was capable of producing sparkling cricket, Shastri said. “We have a great bowling attack. I know Ishant (Sharma) is not here [yet], but then we have the capacity among the young bowlers to deliver. It’s up to them to seize the opportunity and prove that they are second to none.
The full range
When asked to give details, Shastri observed: “We have five fabulous – (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Mohammed) Siraj, Umesh (Yadav) and Navdeep Saini. Yadav has the experience. Saini is young and fast. Bumrah is one of the best in the business. Shami can’t wait to go. Siraj is an exciting prospect. You go up lanes on the board and watch those fast bowlers chase away opposition. They can beat Australia in their own den.
At the same time, Shastri said a lot depends on surfaces.
Cheese and chalk
“We start with pink ball cricket where we lack experience. We only played one pink ball test (against Bangladesh in Kolkata), but there is a qualitative difference between them and Australia. It’s like cheese and chalk.
“We haven’t played a lot of pink ball in national cricket, but I just want them to go and enjoy their game. We will have some match fitness for white ball cricket and [after that] we have to show the will to adapt. “
Support Kohli’s decision
Shastri also supported skipper Kohli on his decision to return home for the birth of his first child.
“It’s a once in a lifetime moment and I am with him. He’s not the one who misses a game for no compelling reason. But for the quarantine, he would have returned for the last Test.
“But it’s not easy because the quarantine process in Australia is strict and going through another 14-day isolation period would be difficult for anyone.”
“I have to tell our fans and our critics that Virat is the only Asian captain to win a series against Australia at home and away. It’s the trigger for the team to remember and shine. “