India head coach Ravi Shastri. @ AFP
India head coach Ravi Shastri. @ AFP

Adelaide: India head coach Ravi Shastri said that young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will have to be a little more sensible with his batting. Pant, who equalled the world record of most catches in a Test by a wicketkeeper, smashed three boundaries and one six off Nathan Lyon in the second dig, before the Australian off-spinner returned to send Pant back for 28 in his next over.

“You have to allow him to play his game, but he has to be a little more sensible now,” Shastri said after a memorable 31-run win in the opening Test against Australia on Monday.

“He did the hard work in getting Lyon to spread his fields, so he has to be smarter. You make a mistake now, but don’t repeat it, then I’ll be in his ears.”

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Shastri also stressed that his pace bowlers will have to rest with India having to make a quick turnaround for the second Test in Perth which begins on Friday. “To hell with the nets,” was what Shastri said.

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Having suffered back-to-back defeats in South Africa and England, India began the Test series against Australia in earnest, winning the opening match Down Under for the first time in over seven decades.

“We lost the first Test in England by 31, lost the first Test in South Africa by 60-70, so this is a very good feeling for the boys to come out on top. When you get off to a good start, there’s belief,” Shastri said.

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Shastri, who is confident that the fast bowlers will have a crucial role to play, hinted at ditching net practice ahead of the clash. “They have to rest up, to hell with the nets. You just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel. We know the Perth track is quick, it’s a drop-in surface, there will be something there for the fast bowlers.”

A collective performance by the four-man Indian bowling attack – pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin – helped India earn a 15-run first innings lead before they completed a rare win in this part of the world.

“The bowlers were brilliant in the first innings, defending 250, the discipline was magnificent. They’ve worked on it, it’s not come in overnight. As a bowling unit, when you show that discipline, it doesn’t matter which side you play against. You will be successful,” Shastri said.

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The coach also said he was hopeful that players had learnt from their mistakes in the first innings and commended Man of the Match, Cheteshwar Pujara, for his knocks in both the innings.

“There were some rash shots played in the first innings, that was foolish cricket, but they learnt from it. Pujara was absolutely magnificent, we’ve asked him to be a little more upright to counter bounce in these conditions.”