Ravi Shastri thinks playing limited overs cricket first in England will help Indian team

India will be touring England in July this year.

Indian coach Ravi Shastri with Indian skipper Virat Kohli | GETTY

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri believes playing limited overs cricket before Tests, will help Indian cricketers to adjust themselves to English conditions better. India is to tour England, from late June, for a full tour comprising 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 5 Tests.

India is to start the tour with a T20I in England on July 3.

"(Former Australia captain) Michael (Clarke) and I had a chat earlier (today) that we (Indian team) will be there (in England) almost a month before the first Test match. We play some one-day cricket before the first Test match starts. You kick off the one-day games around 1st of July and the first Test starts August 1. That gives us that much more time (to prepare for Tests)," Shastri said. 

The Indian cricket team faced difficulties against South Africa this year. With fewer days of practice ahead of the Test series, India had lost the battle before coming back to the groove. 

Speaking at the book lunch "Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians: The On and Off the Field Story of Cricket in India and Beyond", by Boria Majumdar, Shastri expressed his happiness over BCCI and CoA addressing the issue of acclimation on overseas for Indian cricketers. "To be fair to the BCCI and the CoA, those plans were (already) in place. It's only when the new FTP kicks in in 2019, that's when you can address those problems and they have been addressed," he said.

Shastri is happy with the way India competed in South Africa. "Well before we went to South Africa, I told you clearly the next 15 months was going to define this Indian cricket team. What our boys did in South Africa makes me proud as a coach because there were 21 days of cricket and on each one of those 21 days, India competed." he pointed out.

"On each one of those days in the Test series, the pendulum swung from one side to other. 21 out of 21 days the boys competed; they were relentless. The one-day series we won after 25 years. And so from a coach's point of view, you have to just stand up and say 'well done, guys. Simply magnificent. You have raised the bar'," he added.

India team member Rohit Sharma, former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Clarke were also present at the event. 

Rohit was also part of the Indian team which toured to the rainbow nation. He said India will be continuing their aggressive cricket in upcoming tours like they did against South Africa. "And what we did in South Africa was an example of how this team is going to play over the next few years, till the World Cup at least. We want to go and express ourselves on the field. We have learned from our mistakes and we tried and rectified it when we went to South Africa. Hence we saw improved performance from all the players.

"We read the conditions well and that is all cricket is about. You have to read the situation, the opposition and I thought we did our homework pretty well against the opposition and that is one of the reasons that we got the results we wanted.

"Like Ravi bhai said the Test series could have gone either way. The three Test matches we played, we dominated nearly 14 days. One day of bad Test cricket and we lost the series, but that can happen.

"We are a young bunch but to come out and perform like that against a quality side gives us a lot of confidence going to England now and then to Australia," said Rohit.


By Sihyeu Singh - 24 Apr, 2018

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