'You are playing for India, put your life on the line' - Ravi Shastri reveals his golden advice before final day's play at Brisbane
Head coach Ravi Shastri is basking in joy as this is the second time that under him India conquered the Border Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil.
India scripted history at The Gabba in Brisbane by breaking Australia’s 32-year-old record of not losing any game there. Despite being marred with injuries, the young Indian squad achieved the unattainable and retained the prestigious Border Gavaskar Trophy by defeating Australia by 2-1. Apart from the players, the coaching staff also played a big role in India’s victory.
Head coach Ravi Shastri is basking in joy as this is the second time that under him India conquered the Border Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil. Speaking to a news portal, Shastri revealed the only advice he gave to the Men in Blue before the last day was, to play with their heart and soul for the country without thinking about the result.
“I just said. Today is the last day of the tour. When we cross the boundary lines, this India badge… don’t forget it. You are playing for India, put your life on the line [jaan laga do]. It’s the last day, give it everything. After that, whatever happens, happens.”
“Look, the coach’s work is to mentally prepare the boys. Their mindset and thought process should be clear. No point in overcomplicating things. If you keep your game simple and give attention to the basics… Coach sits in the dressing room, the boys go out and fight. The cricket they’ve played, there is no need to make any statement. Cricket will talk.” Ravi Shastri said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Rishabh Pant is a good listener: Ravi Shastri
The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was the wrecker-in-chief for the visitors with his match-defining knock of 89 runs. The head coach seemed impressed with Rishabh’s efforts and lauded the young man for striking a balance between caution and aggression.
Pant had almost clinched the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground for India with his scintillating knock of 97 runs, however, the batsman lost his wicket while playing a reckless shot but India managed to draw the game. Speaking about the same, Shastri reckoned that Pant is learning from his mistakes and made sure that he doesn’t repeat the errors in the last Test.
“He’s a good listener. He listens, he understands. He realises what’s his natural game but he knows he has to strike the right balance between caution and aggression. No one wants to change the natural ability of anyone as a coach, but sometimes you can be reckless”, Shastri added.