“Enjoy the way Ravi Shastri manages the team”: former English captain applauds Shastri


After being cornered in the first session India took a step forward to show resistance and nerve. Two young lads, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur stitched together a 123 run partnership, the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at Gabba in Brisbane.

India have tried 20 different players in this series as India needed to appease the injury list. Two different cities, Sydney and Brisbane but India narrate the similar story, a tale of heroism which is no fiction.

The players have collected applauds for their never-die attitude. The team’s support staff and head coach Ravi Shastri deserve the same amount of pie who are sweating outside the 22 yards to make things fall into place. After another gutsy show on Sunday, former English skipper Michael Vaughan convincedly took his Twitter handle to praise Ravi Shastri for his brilliancy in managing the team after losing so many players to injury. In the absence of their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave, Shastri has instilled a belief in the team which any team needs to perform.

 “Really enjoy the way @RaviShastriOfc manages this Indian team … He deserves a lot of credit for making them believe they could compete once @imVkohli had gone home… !! #AUSvIND,” Vaughan tweeted.

Wobbling after losing six wickets for 186 runs, India needed a concrete partnership that would make the foundation of a fightable score to be on the card. Sundar and Thakur cemented the partnership and led India to 309 before Pat Cummins’ inswinger removed Thakur from the crease.

While hemming the partnership, the duo clubbed their maiden Test half-centuries. As Thakur shone as the highest run-scorer for India in the first innings, Sundar marked his knock of 62 runs as the highest by any debutant batting at number seven Down Under.

The series has been a see-saw for India, suffering a humiliating defeat in Adelaide then coming off with flying colours in Melbourne and sketching out a mesmerising draw in Sydney.