LONDON: India’s team director Ravi Shastri says he told the nation’s cricketing superstars they played “spineless cricket” during the recently concluded Test series in England.
However, he also acknowledges the same team recorded India’s greatest ever Test win just a few weeks earlier.
Shastri, the former Test and ODI star, pulled no punches in his assessment of Indian team’s performances during the tumultuous tour of the UK, but was overwhelmingly positive about the side’s future.
Shastri was brought in as team director following the 3-1 Test series loss, and oversaw a remarkable turnaround as India won the subsequent ODI series 3-1.
The move to bring Shastri into the set-up was seen as a sign Duncan Fletcher’s days as head coach were numbered.
When asked if he agreed with captain M.S. Dhoni’s assessment that the tour was “good” for India despite the capitulation in the Tests, Shastri backed up the skipper.
“He is not far from the truth,” Shastri said. “One of the things I had told the boys was, the reason I am here is you have shown me two things on this tour: first was India’s greatest ever Test win, at Lord’s during the second Test.
“I mean it. It was phenomenal. I also told them in the final three Tests you played spineless cricket.
“So for me a good team cannot be a bad team in two weeks. It cannot. It is a learning curve.
“Then to beat England in the ODI series the way India did was very good.”