India head coach Ravi Shastri has said Team India have been trying to find the right balance in the middle. While keeping the winning momentum going, team India have been investing in youth players as well. This will test the bench strength also.
However, India started their World Test Championship campaign with a bang in West Indies by winning the two-test series. India have already earned 120 points from the series. Ravi Shastri believes the young generation will be important for both the T20 World Cup and the World Test Championship.
“The path should be that knowing well you have got 12 months to go for the T20 World Cup and you have about 18-20 months to go for the World Test Championship. Getting youth in during that transition period by keeping an eye on the youth is important so that they can mix with the experience and give us a really solid side,” Ravi Shastri told the ICC.
Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach and gave a chance to Hanuma Vihari ahead of Rohit Sharma in the Tests. Vihari repaid the faith by scoring runs, including a century and finished the series as the highest run-getter.
Meanwhile, Shastri said India will try their best to retain the number 1 spot. They are going to play against South Africa in this month and expected to do well in the series too.
“We are playing at home [against South Africa], and it is the World Test Championship, so now there is even more reason on why you have to play the way you should. There are now points to be accumulated. We are the No.1 team in the world, and we have been for the last three years, so there is pride at stake as well,” Ravi Shastri added.
“So we want to keep that consistency going and ensuring that we are placed nicely in the table for when the time comes to decide who plays in the final,” the head coach concluded.