Team Director Ravi Shastri praised the captaincy of Virat Kohli in the recent test series against South Africa.But Shasthri criticized the top order Indian batsmen.
“The problem what we’ve had in the Indian team is that our boys don’t play enough domestic cricket, and it is not their fault. The calendar is so packed. So, the footwork and the way they play spin bowling on turning tracks, that aspect needs massive improvement. That will come when you are exposed to these conditions,” said Team Director.
“They have played overseas for the last two years and when they came home for this series, the conditions they have grown up in, were suddenly foreign to them. But it was an education,” the former India captain said.
He complimented Ajinkya Rahane for adapting well after failing in two of the first three Test matches.
“Look at Ajinkya Rahane. The way he got out in the first Test – once defending and once playing an attacking shot. And you saw how he batted in the final Test in Delhi. He was sure in attack and defence, which is the name of the game.”
“I think he (Ishant) is very close to becoming a complete fast bowler. He knows how to adapt to different conditions and different situations of the game. He knows when to let go and when to hold back. He has pretty much understood his own game. He is technically very good now. There could be room for improvement, but like you said, he has grown in his role, and is our most reliable fast bowler at the moment,” Shastri said.