Next 18 months will define this team: Shastri

Next 18 months will define this team: Shastri

After dishing out dominating performances during the home series, the Indian players are set to be challenged in overseas conditions in 2018 and chief coach Ravi Shastri  felt the next 18 months will define "this Indian team".

Shastri said the team is aware what lies ahead for them on the tours of South Africa, England and Australia. The coach reckoned that the nucleus of the team has remained the same in the last few years and that will help players in embracing the challenges ahead.

"The fact that they have been together for the last four-five years, that experience will stand them in good stead, that's for sure. The conditions will be testing, but like I have said before, this one and half years will define this Indian cricket team and the whole team is aware of that," Shastri said.

"With the tours of South Africa, Australia and England coming up, all I can say is that this will be a better cricket team after those 18 months," Shastri said at the pre-departure press conference along with captain Virat Kohli.

The Indian team pummelled Sri Lanka in the just-concluded series and before that enjoyed success against Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh at home. The ability of the Indian batsmen in pace-friendly pitches becomes the talking-point ahead of foreign tours and Shastri said the Indian pacers also have a job at hand.

"If it is going to be tough for our batsmen, our job is to make it tough for their batsmen as well."

The chief coach also urged the players to embrace the challenges with aplomb and insisted that the team's preparation has been good.

"It's going to be a challenge. We all know how tough a tour of South Africa is but that's the beauty of their profession -- wanting challenges and embracing it and that's what we are looking for.

"We toured Australia three years ago and we did a pretty good job. We did well in England, Sri Lanka in 2015 had some great tracks, especially the last two Test matches where the bowl seamed and swung, so the preparation has been good and these boys have been on the road together for the last four-five years, the same team pretty much, the nucleus has been the same, so that should help a long way," Shastri said.

 

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry