The Indian cricket team has been on a roll recently. Making and breaking precious world records while dominating over their competition in some of the greatest teams of the world like Australia and New Zealand, in every format of the game, the Men in Blue are stronger than ever.
After winning their first ever Test series against Australia on their home turf and defeating the Kiwis in an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time in nearly a decade, the 'Josh' is high in Virat Kohli and his boys.
But just like a proud parent, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri just cannot hide his happiness while talking about his team.
Just yesterday, Shastri publicly advocated Kuldeep Yadav as India's number one spinner abroad after his impressive run in Australia and New Zealand which also included a five-wicket haul in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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Kuldeep Yadav led the attack with a brilliant five-wicket haul on Day 4 at the SCG. The hosts are still trailing by 322 runs and India enforce the follow-on.#AUSvIND LIVE â¬ï¸https://t.co/c2fCH8UcMc pic.twitter.com/M8kXGjiYnS
"Already! He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick," he told Cricbuzz.
And today, the coach compared India's greatest batsman of the new generation, Virat Kohli to the timeless Sir Vivian Richards. After Kohli became the first batsman to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year as well as ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year in a single year last month, Shastri has gone gaga over the man.
"Virat Kohli is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards" – Ravi Shastri says the India captain is the 'closest' he's seen to the Windies legend.
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“Here is a guy who is as dominant as Sir Vivian Richards. The closest I have seen to the great man. Virat is in your face, he wants to dominate and has a work ethic like no one else. Whether it comes to discipline, training, sacrifice or self-denial, it is unbelievable,” the fanboy in Shastri expressed to Cricbuzz.
Shastri's has also shown love towards the team as a whole. “We're not the underdogs,” he had proudly acclaimed after the Test series win against the Aussies while also declaring that it was “as big, or even bigger” than the 1983 World Cup.
Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018
Shastri has been known for making controversial comments more often than not but with the recent success the Indian cricket team is enjoying, we think he should be allowed to pour his heart out to his boys just like a proud dad would do.
Know the feeling? Yeah, neither do we...