Fielding coach R Sridhar has opened up about how Ravi Shastri pep talks that paved the way for the Virat Kohli-less side to bounce back after the infamous 36 all-out defeat at the hands of the mighty Aussies in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The long-serving fielding coach has revealed what Shastri told the crestfallen side after they were bundled out for 36 – their lowest-ever innings total in the longest format.
Sridhar Recalls the moments of Ravi Shastri
In a youtube show conducted by R Ashwin, India’s fielding coach explains how Ravi Shastri bundled up team India together after the 1st Test loss.
India lost the Test match in a humiliating manner and with a barrage of criticism that came their way in its immediate aftermath, the side could have easily fallen away.
But this is where the man-management skills of Ravi Shastri came to the fore. According to R Sridhar, a day after the shambolic defeat, Shastri gatherer the entire team and urged them to wear 36 like a badge of honor.
“After 36 all-out, you didn’t know what’s next. Then Ravi (Shastri) bhai gathered the team and said: ‘Wear this 36 like a badge on your sleeves and you will be a great team’,” Sridhar told news agency PTI.
Watch the full episode of Ashwin and Sridhar’s chat
Sridhar also revealed that departing skipper Kohli provided some ‘lovely suggestions’ for the 2nd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Rahane-led unit turned the tables on Australia, a week later when they routed the hosts by eight wickets in the Boxing Day Test to level the rubber 1-1.
The tourists then proceeded to pull out a draw for the ages in Sydney to ensure that we went into the final Test with the series locked at 1-1.
Then in Brisbane, the ultimate miracle happened as a heavily depleted Team India shocked the Aussies to not only chase down a record fourth-innings total of 328 at the venue but also breach the fortress after a period of 33 years to clinch their second consecutive Test series win Down Under.