Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he doesn’t have any regrets over terming Kuldeep Yadav India’s No. 1 overseas spinner in 2019. Recently, veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had stated in an interview to The Cricket Monthly that he felt crushed after hearing Shastri’s statement on Kuldeep. The left-arm spinner had claimed a five-for in the Sydney Test of 2019 while Ashwin was ruled out with an injury.
Indian captain for the last three Tests in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane, gave a pep talk to the team after the famous three-wicket win at the Gabba, which saw India clinch the Test series 2-1. Addressing the team in the dressing room, Rahane described the victory as a major moment for everyone, and put it down to teamwork.
India’s historic Test series win in Australia during the 2018-19 tour is often played down since the Aussies were forced to field a weakened team in the absence of suspended David Warner and Steve Smith. India went on to clinch the series 2-1, with Cheteshwar Pujara putting up a heroic batting show and Jasprit Bumrah leading from the front with the ball. Even so, critics have often pointed out to the fact that India won against an under-strength Australia. That’s not all, some have even termed India’s triumph as ‘lucky’
India have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series against West Indies, with the first game being washed out. However, they will be keen to clinch the series with a win in the final ODI at Trinidad. While the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant remains a worry for India going into the final match, there are a few others on the verge of impressive records