Ravi Shastri advised the media to ‘buy a dictionary’ to come up with new words to describe Virat Kohli’s brilliance after the Indian cricket team skipper guided his side to victory over South Africa in Centurion on Friday.
Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri took a subtle jibe at the media while attending the post-match press conference after his team’s eight-wicket win over South Africa in Centurion on Friday. (HIGHLIGHTS)
During the interaction, a journalist asked skipper Virat Kohli to analyse his match-winning knock of 129* as the media is running out of superlatives to describe his brilliance. While Virat Kohli said that the praise doesn’t matter to him, Shastri suggested the journalist to buy “the latest edition of an Oxford dictionary” and look for adjectives to describe Kohli’s current form. (SCORECARD)
“If I were you, I would visit the bookstore and pick up the Oxford dictionary,” he advised.
India were at their dominant best against the hosts on Friday as they looked in control of the game from the very first over. Shardul Thakur took four wickets to restrict South Africa to just 202 and Virat Kohli slammed his 35th ODI ton to guide his team to victory. When asked about the result, Shastri was all praise for the skipper and he said that the team gets its ‘intensity’ from Kohli.
“You spoke of intensity, where does the intensity come from?,” Shastri said, “When you have a leader like that who leads by example, the other guys jolly well follow. Otherwise they know what to expect.
“That’s the beauty about this team on this trip where I feel proud as a coach about my boys is the intensity they showed. Even after being two-zip down in the Test series, for them to show that kind of character to come back and win that Test match in Johannesburg on a spiteful pitch. And to then take that momentum into the one-day series and show the consistency they’ve shown over the last two weeks is fabulous. Entire credit should go to the leader. Because he’s led from the front, first with his batting and then as I said with his intensity, which makes other people in the team also up the ante.”
India did not have a good start to their tour as they lost the first two Test matches and were criticised by fans and experts alike. But the ODI series has been a very different story with the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (17 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (16 wickets) wreaking havoc on the Proteas batsman. Shastri was quick to praise both the wrist spinners for their contributions to the side.
“You know we’ve got to somehow be able to attack and find ways of breaking partnerships and not allowing the game to drift. So that was the idea. Luckily for us, Kuldeep and Chahal have complemented each other beautifully. They bring great variety – it’s great for the viewer, it’s great for the spectator to see that kind of variety when they come to watch a cricket match,” he told the media.
India will play South Africa in a three-match T20 series with the first game taking place on February 18.