In the test series, India may have lost against England for 4-1. But Ravi Shastri, the head coach believes that the game offered lots of positive for the visitors.
During the recently concluded series, the Indian team have performed well and Shastri made it clear that he is the ‘last one to press the panic button’ where the tour had many good things to exhibit.
In an interview, Shastri said, “We are still the No 1 team in the world. And England know how well we fought. Their media knows how well we fought. Our fans know how well we fought. Their public knows how well we fought. We know inside how well we fought.”
He added, “(I would be the) last one to press the panic button when I see so many positives. I head back home with a very positive state of mind. I know exactly what we do. I know exactly and clearly where the team is heading.”
In the series, England had many good performers. But Shastri was impressed by the youngster Sam Curran’s performance. Both Shastri and India skipper Virat Kohli chose the 20-year old as the ‘Man of the Series’ for England.
“I would not say (we) failed badly. But we tried. We must give credit where it is due. Virat and me were asked to pick the Man of the Series (for England) and we both picked Sam Curran. Look where Curran has scored, and, that is where he hurt us. More than England, it was Curran who hurt us.”
Shastri explained, “In the first Test, England were 87 for 7 (in the second innings) at Edgbaston, he (Curran) got the runs. In the fourth Test, they were 86 for 6 (first innings) in Southampton, he got the runs. We were 50 for 0 (first innings) at Edgbaston, he got the wickets. So at crucial stages in this series, he chipped in with runs and wickets. That was the difference between the two sides.”
The coach made it clear that the team has achieved a lot in the last four years.