Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari said head coach Ravi Shastri never let the team morale dip even after India were humiliated in the Day-Night Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.
The visitors were bundled out for 36, their lowest-ever Test score, after dominating the first 2 days of the pink-ball Test. The travelling contingent was written off by fans and pundits.
However, the visitors stunned the hosts by winning the second Test in Melbourne. In the third Test, Vihari and R Ashwin batted out 258 balls on Day 5 to salvage a draw.
In the winner-takes-all fourth Test, an injury-plagued Team India battled against all odds to breach the Gabba fortress. India chased 328 runs on Day 5 to clinch the series.
Vihari praises Shastri and Rahane
Hanuma Vihari shared a glimpse of the dressing room atmosphere after the defeat in Adelaide. He revealed that Shastri and Ajinkya Rahane made sure India never put their heads down.
“After the first Test, the way Ravi sir handled the tea… At any point, we didn’t feel like we were smashed in 3 days. If you look at the first Test, we dominated the first two days but in one session, we got blown away. But he never made us feel that we lost it very badly,” Vihari told Sports Tak.
“He said we dominated the two days, that’s a positive in a Test match. That’s the positive thinking of the man he is. He gives us courage and strength with the way he talks in the huddle or the team meetings, he is always positive. He always tells us to go and express ourselves, not to think too much about the result and stuff.”
“No credit is enough. To have faith in the young side and he always said ‘its Team India going into the ground, no matter how many games you played, whether you played 80 games or whether you’re playing your first game. It’s always Team India that is going into the ground’.
“That’s the pride he carries for the team,” he added.