This Indian team has shoved the word overseas into a bin: Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia coach Ravi Shastri took another dig at detractors and said his team has won more matches across formats overseas than any other Indian side in the past. Shastri was criticised by several sections when he said this Indian team was the best over the last 15 years.Ravi Shastri, has, however clarified that he meant this was the best Indian team in the last 15 years across formats. Under Shastri, India won an ODI and T20I series in South Africa, a T20I series in England, a Test and ODI series in Australia before trouncing New Zealand 4-1 to win their first ODI series in the country in 10 years.”I used the phrase ‘across all formats’. When I said that the endeavour is to be the best travelling team in the world, six months ago people laughed at me. When I said this is the best travelling team in the world across all formats, they laughed. Today, they know, I wasn’t speaking French,” Shastri told Cricbuzz.In 2018, India were also heavily criticised over their inability to close out Test matches overseas. They lost 1-2 in South Africa and 1-4 in England despite being in good positions to dictate terms.However, that all changed in Australia. Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a Test series Down Under. Shortly after, he created history again by overseeing an ODI series triumph. After a consistent run overseas, Ravi Shastri felt vindicated.Beside, India won a Test series in Sri Lanka in 2015 before whitewashing them across formats in 2017. Under Virat Kohli, India hammered Sri Lanka 3-0 in Tests, 5-0 in ODIs and won the only T20I in their own den. Shastri said his men have no fear of playing away from home.advertisement”What this team has done is taken that word ‘overseas’ and shoved it into a bin.”These players can shove it into the bin for as long as they play cricket. In four years, they have won more in overseas cricket than any other Indian team, across all formats,” Shastri said.India will play a three-match T20I series against New Zealand starting Wednesday in Wellington and Ravi Shastri will be keen to finish India’s overseas run with another win.So far, India have won more than they lost and Shastri would want to keep it that way.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav will be our number one spinner in overseas Tests now: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Rishabh Pant a great asset for India, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Hardik Pandya reunites with brother Krunal in New Zealand for T20I seriesAlso Read | How about ironing your uniform: Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more