Shastri seemed to have gone a bit overboard when he termed the win bigger than the iconic 1983 World Cup triumph in England that changed the face of Indian cricket.
Shastri seemed to have gone a bit overboard when he termed the win bigger than the iconic 1983 World Cup triumph in England that changed the face of Indian cricket.

Being outspoken is a virtue that can sometimes be seen as being arrogant or overconfident, and India coach Ravi Shastri knows all about it. But, when your ‘big talk’ is backed up by the results, there is little in terms of criticism that can come your way. (ALSO READ: Regret missing out on big score in Sydney: Mayank Agarwal)

And when India claimed their first-ever series victory against Australia in Australia after 11 previous failed attempts, Shastri seemed to have gone a bit overboard when he termed the win bigger than the iconic 1983 World Cup triumph in England that changed the face of Indian cricket. (ALSO READ: Kuldeep Yadav comes into the ICC World Cup 2019 mix big time: Ravi Shastri)

Sure enough, the comments didn’t go own well with the Indian fans, but Shastri says he stands by what he said. (ALSO READ: Ravi Shastri hits out at Sunil Gavaskar’s comments after historic series win in Australia)

“Of course, the 1983 World Cup glory is right up there and so was 1985,” Shastri told The Times of India from Sydney. “But I do stand by what I said — this is pure joy, this is real cricket. A 71-year-old barrier has been broken and accolades flowing from all over the world — from the likes of Imran Khan or Viv Richards — say it all. Those who’ve played cricket in Australia know what it takes to win here. They’re as tough as an opposition can get and nothing comes easy here.” (ALSO READ: India’s bowling attack is competitive in any part of the world: Sachin Tendulkar)

Shastri was all praise for the skipper Virat Kohli, stating that his attitude towards Test cricket is a shot in the arm for the longer format.

“He’s a fighter who plays his cricket hard. He loves a good challenge, loves giving it in the face,” said Shastri of Kohli, who scored 282 runs in the series.

“His passion and perseverance is a shot in the arm for Test cricket and when you have an individual with a combination of talent and personality like that, it begins to show inside the dressing room too. He has his priorities sorted — not here to please anyone.”

While Cheteshwar Pujara was the stand out batsman for the team -scoring 521 runs with three centuries and claiming the Player of the series award  – a combined bowling effort is what helped India to the historic series win, and Shastri puts down their fantastic effort to their fitness.

“Until a couple of years ago, (Mohammad) Shami used to be so injury-prone. Lasting an entire series alone would be a high-point. For a bowler of his calibre, working on fitness has brought tremendous rewards.

“The benchmarks set for fitness — be it the YoYo tests or just day-to-day training — have helped immensely. Ishant has been a workhorse, the backbone of this attack and Boom (Bumrah) — well, what can I say. To set fear in the hearts of batsmen on tours of England and Australia is in itself quite an achievement. Look at what Ian Chappell is saying: This is the finest pace attack to visit Australia. Even Kapil has said he finds this Indian pace attack “unbelievably good”, added Shastri.