Following India’s 5-wicket victory in Mumbai, which also saw the ‘Men in Blue’ completing a whitewash over Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series, Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has said that they 'don't care' much about the result in the shortest format of the game.
"There's so much of cricket being played. T20 cricket for us, we don't care. You win or lose, it doesn't matter, but give youngsters the opportunity so you come to know who is in the fray for 2019,” quoted Shastri in his famous outspoken manner after the match.
Team India is doing wonders of late, be it in Test cricket or limited-overs format. Such is their domination that they have recently registered their ninth consecutive Tests series wins and eighth ODI series victories on the trot. And now Ravi believes that the current lot of Indian players are capable enough to rewrite the history books in overseas conditions.
"Looking very much forward to South Africa. Would like to reiterate the home season we've had. Never easy, no matter what conditions you play in. There were few hiccups in the middle. Games like Dharamsala which taught us a lot," Shastri said.
"That's the challenge. In your playing career, if you're not up for challenges, then it's no fun. Should be a good series. This is a side which can compete anywhere in the world," he added.
Lauding the players after the win in Mumbai, Shastri commented that they were confident of chasing down any target set by the visitors. Moreover, he also made it clear that the Indian team respected Sri Lanka throughout the series and never took the things for granted.
"We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it. Happy with the composition we had throughout the series. Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout. Thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort," remarked Shastri.
"Lot of the guys you see were playing their first game, second game, but it never seemed that way. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. They came and did what they were expected to do," he added.
"That's the hallmark of a good team where we respect oppositions, and when you respect oppositions you stay grounded," concluded the head coach of Indian cricket team.