Ravi Shastri: Our consistency across formats has been magnificent

Ravi Shastri feels that under Virat Kohli, the team has been ‘absolutely fabulous.’

Ravi Shastri: "We are No 1 in Test cricket, we are No 2 in the one-day game and we are not that far in T20 cricket. You can’t ask for more."   -  Getty Images

Ahead of Team India's tour to South Africa in December 2017, head coach Ravi Shastri had emphasised that the ‘next 18 months will define the team’.

And a year and a half later, Shastri feels that under Virat Kohli, the team has been ‘absolutely fabulous.’

“You look at sheer consistency across all formats, it’s been magnificent. We live and we love. Even in the World Cup, we have played some outstanding cricket. If you look at the intensity, the consistency, it was great to see,” Shastri said on Monday.

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Talking about the team’s performance in the World Cup semifinal, where India lost to New Zealand, Shastri said: “I was thoroughly impressed by what I saw from the dressing room. You live and you learn. We could have learned a lot in those 30 minutes at the start of the chase against New Zealand. That’s what we live for… If you look at 18 months, we have had a great ride in Test cricket, we have had a very good run in the ODIs as well.”

“We are No 1 in Test cricket, we are No 2 in the one-day game and we are not that far in T20 cricket. You can’t ask for more. Yes, if we would have won the World Cup, that would have been icing on the cake but you can’t take away anything from the boys the way they have performed,” the coach said.