After the 1-4 hammering to England in the recently concluded five-match Test series, India head coach Ravi Shastri said that despite the series loss, India are still are the No.1 side in the world.
After the 1-4 hammering to England in the recently concluded five-match Test series, India head coach Ravi Shastri said that despite the series loss, India are still are the No.1 side in the world.

After the 1-4 hammering to England in the recently concluded five-match Test series, India head coach Ravi Shastri said that despite the series loss, India are still are the No.1 side in the world. In the ICC Test rankings, India are at No.1 with 115 rating points, losing 10 rating after the defeat with South Africa in second with 106 rating points.

“We are still the No 1 team in the world,” Shastri told ESPN cricinfo, adding that everybody knows how well his team – which he had labelled the best Indian team to tour overseas in over 15 years – fought.

“And England know how well we fought. Their media knows how well we fought. Our fans know how well we fought. Their public knows how well we fought. We know inside how well we fought,” he added.

20-year-old Sam Curran walked away with England’s Man-of-the-series award and Shastri reckoned it was Curran’s performances in crucial junctures of the series hurt them more than the rest of the England players.

“I would not say (we) failed badly. But we tried. We must give credit where it is due. Virat and me were asked to pick the Man of the Series (for England) and we both picked Sam Curran. Look where Curran has scored, and, that is where he hurt us. More than England, it was Curran who hurt us.”

Curran, who played four Tests in the series, made 272 runs at an average of 38.85 batting at No.7 and picked 11 wickets at an average of 23.54.

“In the first Test, England were 87 for 7 (in the second innings) at Edgbaston, he (Curran) got the runs. In the fourth Test, they were 86 for 6 (first innings) in Southampton, he got the runs. We were 50 for 0 (first innings) at Edgbaston, he got the wickets. So at crucial stages in this series, he chipped in with runs and wickets. That was the difference between the two sides,” Shastri explained.

Shastri went on to insist that despite losing two straight overseas series, India is the only team competing all the time.

“Tell me one team in the world at the moment that goes out and competes all the time. We are the one team. It is just that we need results coming in our favour more often on the winning side,” he added.