‘This team will play well in all conditions’, opines Ravi Shastri


India have flown to Mohali after enjoying an emphatic win against England in the Vizag Test. The 246 run victory has certainly uplifted the morale of the home side. It was a thorough performance by the hosts, who were not as cautious as they would have wished for in the first Test in Rajkot. The third Test begins on Saturday in Mohali.

The current Indian team has been displaying consistent performances, ever since it came together as a unit few years back. And the one man who has seen the present team for a long period of time is Ravi Shastri.

The 54-year-old feels that the present team has got the perfect attitude towards the game and its good mix of youth and experience will take them to the top of the rankings in the coming years.

“This team has the right attitude, plays with aggression and has both youth and experience. I mean there are several cricketers who are still young who have a lot of matches under their belt for India. Over the next three to four years, I see this Indian team threatening the No. 1 position in all three formats. And this team will play well in all conditions,” he told The Hindu on Monday.

He further went on to talk about captain Virat Kohli, who, Shastri feels, has calmed down considerably and added that the positive for Kohli has been that he has not let the job of captaining India affect his role of scoring runs.

“He is still a young captain. He will get better with experience, will become technically sounder. He’s got a bunch of bowlers who are all fit,” Shastri said about the current Indian skipper.

The former Indian player also praised pacer Mohammed Shami, saying he has the best seam position, nearly at par with James Anderson. Shami was in fact effective in the second test, removing dangerous Allistair Cook with a dream delivery in the first innings and getting rid of Joe Root and Adil Rashid in the second.

India and England will play their third Test in Mohali, which will begin on Saturday.