India scripted one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the game with rookies turning into superstars after injuries ruled the first team players out one by one. While we continue to praise the cricketers, head coach Ravi Shastri has been an untouched chapter in this team. He has been working behind the scenes in keeping this side together after that humiliating defeat in the first Test in Adelaide.
Shastri, over the years, has been trolled a lot for his antics in the dressing room and a couple of statements. But a novice also won’t deny his contribution to this team. After 36 for nine drubbing in Adelaide to losing senior cricketers, India were due for a big defeat in the series as many expected the outcome. But Ravi Shastri kept the side together motivating them each day to script an epic turnaround.
Ravi Shastri delivers a heartwarming speech
The series which wrapped up with a three-wicket victory for Ajinkya Rahane, even saw Ravi Shastri meltdown while delivering a passionate speech inside the dressing room at the Gabba. The former World Cup winner heaped praise on the boys and urged the boys to enjoy the moment as it comes once in a lifetime.
“Guys, I had tears in my eyes, the courage, the resolve, the spirit you guys have shown, you know, is unreal. Not for once you were down (despite the) injuries, the 36 all-out, you know, you had the self-belief in you.
“It doesn’t come overnight, this happened over a period of time. But now you have got the self-belief, you can see where you have taken your game as a team.
“Today, forget India, the whole world will stand up and salute you. So, remember what you guys have done today. You need to enjoy this moment, don’t let it just get away, but enjoy it as much as you can.
“To all the debutants, the support staff, the masseurs, the slingers to everybody, you have all been outstanding,” Shastri said as he was applauded by the players.
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Ravi Shastri admitted that Rishabh Pant’s shotmaking gave the entire Indian contingent heart-attacks but lauded him for his brave innings.
Meanwhile, with the Border-Gavaskar series done and dusted, India will rest a couple of days before reuniting on January 27 to prepare for the England series starting February 5.