It is difficult to replicate Kohli’s achievement against Australia: Shastri

Sydney, 6 January (IANS) Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian cricket team believes that it will be difficult for any other Indian captain to repeat the historic feat of Virat Kohli defeating Australia both at home and abroad.

It was under Kohli’s captaincy that the Indian cricket team beat Australia 2–1 in their home Test in 2018–19 after 71 years. Shastri was also the coach of the team at that time.

India beat Australia at home in 2016-17 as well, and Anil Kumble was the head coach of Team India at that time.

According to Cricket.com’s report, Shastri on Wednesday launched a book on the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) based on the Test series played between India and Australia in the last 71 years.

Shastri said, the satisfaction of winning India’s first series in Australia after 71 years of heartbreak was immense.

“I do not see Virat’s feat of winning against Australia both at home and away for a very long time by any other Indian captain.”

“The best thing about success in Australia is that it doesn’t come easily,” the coach said. As a professional player, you know that when you win the hard way, you command respect. The Indian team has performed brilliantly in Australia since the (21st) century. But he does not have depth in fast bowling.

The Indian team is currently on a tour of Australia for a four-match Test series. Both teams are tied 1–1 in the series and the third Test between the two teams will be played in Sydney from Thursday.

–IANS

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