Virat Kohli giggles as Ravi Shastri thanks Indian media for their ‘support’

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIndia head coach Ravi Shastri was brimming with joy and pride as he sat down with captain Virat Kohli to address a press conference after India’s historic 2-1 series win in Sydney.While Shastri consciously made it a point to attack the Indian cricket team’s critics during the interaction, the head coach also took a low blow at the Indian media with a sarcastic comment.”Just one thing before I leave. I want to thank all my buddies from the Indian media. Without your support, I don’t think we would have played as well as we have right through the last 12 months. Thank you very much,” Shastri said.Even as Shastri made the comment, Kohli was seen giggling before both of them made their way out of the conference room in Sydney.Shastri hit back at Team India’s critics for firing blanks, saying that Kohli’s men blew away all the criticism “like a tracer” bullet.”I said in Melbourne – I think I mentioned people taking pot shots and firing blanks. I wasn’t joking there, because I knew how hard this team had worked. When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it’s blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet,” Shastri said.Shastri was referring to former teammate and batting great Sunil Gavaskar’s comments made during the fourth day of the recently-concluded Test in Sydney.advertisement”And how did that wake-up call come? Because of the blanks being fired from thousands of miles away. The blanks made the noise that woke this team up!” Gavaskar has said.”… But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious. And that’s what we have fired right through the series against Australia. We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all. This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors.”Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsThe hard-earned win in Australia came after some disappointing results in South Africa and England for which the captain, the coach, and the team management were criticised. Tactical errors and the poor team selection were highlighted by both the media and the expert commentators over the last year.While conceding that India learned from the mistakes committed in the previous tours, Shastri also heaped praise on the determination that was on display from his team throughout the four-match series.”This is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country. And that’s the determination, that’s the ruthlessness, that’s the mindset with which this team went to play in this series. Hats off to them for showing that courage,” Shastri added.”Today I can say I am proud of my boys and I can also tell them one thing, which Virat touched in the presentation, that this team now has an identity to look at any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say ‘We play proper Test match cricket. You did, we did too but without being intimidated.”Also Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso See:last_img

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