Boys played tough cricket in tough times: India coach Ravi Shastri

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New Delhi: India’s head coach Ravi Shastri lauded his team stating that boys deserved the status of the No.1 Test side after overcoming every obstacle, including a method of points system that was changed midway.

India have performed consistently well back-to-back in Tests under the leadership of Virat Kohli and the watchful eyes of Shastri. The recent historic 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England at home helped them climbed up over all others to secure the first position.

Shastri took to Twitter to express his thoughts, “This team has shown steely resolve & unwavering focus to be crowned No.1. It is something the boys have earned fair & square. Rules changed midway but #TeamIndia overcame every hurdle along the way. My boys played tough cricket in tough times. Super proud of this bindass bunch,” Shastri tweeted.

The ICC released the annual update for the Test rankings on Thursday (May 13) and India held its No.1 position for the fifth year on the trot. India have 2914 points from 24 matches followed by New Zealand with 2166 points from 18 Tests.

The WTC final between India and New Zealand is scheduled to be held in Southampton on June 18 followed by a five-match Test series against England in August.

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