IND beats ENG: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri lavished praises on Rishabh Pant saying he was simply
magnificent and hailing his innings as “one of the best ever counter attacking innings on Indian soil.”
“We were hard on him. Nothing comes easy and he was told in no uncertain terms that he has to respect the game a little more. He has to lose a bit of weight, he has to work hard on his keeping.
And he has responded. I think he was brilliant. Simply superb. We always knew about his enormous capability and talent. This time we told him to get his head and focus more on the game. And he came up with this magnificent innings. I will say this innings as one of the best ever counter attacking inning on Indian soil,” Shastri said this in a post match presentation ceremony, adding that “the goal-posts kept getting shifted but never mind. We deserve to be top of the table and play in the final.”
Shastri said India were the deserving winners as the team simply outplayed the opponent in every department of the game. “Our boys were simply too good. There were many great performances. India had their chances, England had their chances. But, we seized the opportunity and drove home the advantage. What Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar pulled off yesterday was unreal.”
Shastri said: “Team work is most important. There’s no one individual who is calling the shots. We were the irrepressibles in Australia, we were the irrepressibles here too. First Test would have been different if we would have had a few days off. No excuse. England played better but the boys were like zombies. The lack of crowds didn’t help. It’s a great feeling (to be a mentor). It’s particularly satisfying to see youngsters come through the ranks and perform. What Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar did yesterday was amazing.”