Ravi Shastri wants Virat Kohli & Co to take inspiration from Lord’s Test win. Despite a humiliating defeat at Leeds in the 3rd Test, India head coach Shastri believes the series is still wide open. Instead, he has urged Virat Kohli & Co to take inspiration from the Lord’s Test victory to turn the tides. The 4th Test begins at Oval, London on Thursday.
“It’s very easy, you just go back to Lord’s. Just think Lord’s, forget the last one. As simple as that. I know it’s easier said than done but we should remember your good moments as well. Such things happen in the game,” Ravi Shastri told Times Now during an interview.
While the Leeds Test dominated headlines after a batting collapse that saw Virat Kohli & Co fold for just 78 runs in the first innings, Ravi Shastri said it will have no bearings going forward.
However, he admitted that 78 on the first day did become decisive in the match. England took a mammoth 354-run lead with Joe Root slamming his third century of the series.
With two more Test matches left in the series, Ravi Shastri said India must take the positives from the Lord’s Test where they were in a weaker position at the start of the fifth day before turning the tables.
“England was in the driver’s seat and we snatched victory. In the last Test match, they bowled brilliantly. They caught us on the hop on the very first day of the Test match, they put us on the back foot,” Ravi Shastri said.
Ravi Shastri’s Special Message: The head coach was happy that India batted better in the second essay when they managed to score 278.
“Even though we showed glimpses of a fight in the second innings, I think that first, you know, early dismissal of our players and getting all out for 78 played its part. But this series is wide open,” Shastri said.
In his inimitable style, the former India all-rounder said that anyone which discounts Virat Kohli and his men should do so at their own peril.
“If anyone thinks that this Indian team is going to back off, they have another one coming because at 1-1, we are playing overseas, the pressure is on England. “They have to win in their own country. We have done what we had to do with them in India. So, the ball is in their court and we will fight, there’s no question about it,” Ravi Shastri added.