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Jasprit Bumrah celebrates his five-wicket haul at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Following India‘s 203-run victory over England in the third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, head coach Ravi Shastri claimed that the current Indian pace attack is their best in history. The Indian pacers picked up the first 19 English wickets at Trent Bridge before Ravichandran Ashwin got No. 11 James Anderson. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami, backed by Hardik Pandya, pulled off a stunning show — all in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Umesh Yadav waiting in the benches.

“By a mile, by a mile. No [Indian attack] team comes even close,” announced Shastri. We had discussed on this pages why the current Indian bowling is their greatest of all time.

Shastri made special mention of Jasprit Bumrah, whose comeback from injury definitely provide an extra sting to the attack at Trent Bridge: ”He is different, he is like when [Lasith] Malinga came on the scene or a Mitchell Johnson. He has that element of surprise … With that long spell he surprised us as well: almost 30 overs in that one innings, for someone who has not played for a month and a half is commendable.”

 

Shastri explained why he considers the Trent Bridge win was India’s best in his tenure: “In the four years I’ve been doing this job, I think if you look at a clinical performance overseas, I think this has to be the best. 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.

“The endeavour of this team is to be the best travelling team in the world. And I believe they’re almost there. In India, we know what we can do. Especially if we play in conditions that suit us, very few teams will have a sniff. But to go to South Africa, England, Australia and try and win there, that’s the endeavour of this team and they have it in them,” the 56-year-old insisted.”

Will India emulate Don Bradman’s Australians of 1936-37, the only team to win a Test series after being down 2-3, that too at home? Shastri does not seem too concerned: ”One match at a time, we live in the present. We move to Southampton and start afresh, take a fresh guard.”