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Coach Shastri puts down Team India's success to one key word...

Last updated on: October 01, 2017 23:01 IST

The Indian cricket team, according to Head Coach Ravi Shastri, are a relentless bunch 

IMAGE: The Indian cricket team, according to Head Coach Ravi Shastri, are a relentless bunch. Photograph: Gurinder Osan/PTI

India’s Head coach Ravi Shastri, on Sunday put down the team’s success to being relentless.

"If you have got to be a good team, you have to be relentless. You have got to repeat what you did on Tuesday on Friday, and then on Sunday, and then on Tuesday again," said Shastri following India’s 7-wicket win over Australia on Sunday.

 

And the coach termed the chase of 243 as the best of the series considering it was a difficult track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur.

"We saved (our) best batting for last. It wasn't an easy track to bat on and the 'hitman' (Rohit's nickname in the Indian dressing room) made it look so easy. It was a treat to the eye. The way the guys showed character once again when Australia were 60 for no loss. We were staring at 275-280 but all the bowlers chipped in and got team right back in the match."

Shastri said that the Nagpur track forced the team management to bring back Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

"They (Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah) have tremendous, skills. That's why we brought both of them back in the side. When we saw the track, it demanded skills. It's a big ground and you might go for runs with new ball.

"But when you have bowlers like them, they can bring you back in the game. They complement each other, they have got varieties’ galore and their actions are different… and vastly experienced."

The coach observed that there's still some room for improvement in the side.

"We have to raise the bar in fielding. We need to seize the initiative in an even bigger way in certain situations. One player when he gets into 60's and 70's, should convert and that's what Rohit did today," he concluded.

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