We have just won a Test, there’s a series to be played: Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndian coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said his team is not going to get carried away after registering a comprehensive Test win over England at Trent Bridge.Virat Kohli and Co defeated Joe Root’s side by 203 runs in the third Test. However, they still trail the hosts 1-2 in the five-match series.Shastri said the focus of the players is going to be on the next two upcoming matches.”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,” said Shahstri at the post-match press conference.READ – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesThe former Indian cricketer added that the current unit is determined to emerge as the “best travelling side in the world”.”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. I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world,” said Shastri.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainSahstri also hailed India’s win at Trent Bridge as their best in the recent times.”In the four years I’ve been doing this job (working with the senior team in some capacity) – if you look at a clinical performance overseas, I think this has to be the best. South Africa (the third Test) was gutsy, because that was a nasty track when we won in Johannesburg. But this was clinical. When you look at all three departments, they stood up. As a batting unit, as a catching unit and as a bowling unit, so you can’t ask for more,” Shastri said.advertisementThe most impressive factor about the Trent Bridge win was the immediate comeback of the Indian side after losing the previous match at Lord’s by an innings.Shastri explained what he asked his players’ to do after the disastrous defeat at Lord’s.Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs England”We were disappointed because we ran England close in the first Test, we were blown away at Lord’s, and we needed to prove a point. All I asked the boys was to give me some accountability and they were simply magnificent in all three departments of the game. As a head coach, I can’t ask for more. [My message was:] ‘Clear your heads, and show me some accountability.’ I’m just proud of the guys,” Shastri said.Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsOnly once in history has a team comeback after being 0-2 down to win a five-match series. The record belongs to the Australian Ashes team led by Don Bradman in 1936-37.While fans would be hoping for Kohli’s side to repeat the history, Shastri said his teams needs to live in the present.”1936-37 – I wasn’t even born, man. Why are you reminding me of 36-37?. One match at a time, we live in the present. One game at a time. Nottingham is over, there’s a break and we move to Southampton and start afresh. Take a fresh guard. [This is] 2018,” Shastri concluded.last_img