India vs Sri Lanka: Time to start winning Tests on foreign soil, says Ravi Shastri

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Team Director Ravi Shastri feels that the learning curve for the young Indian team is over and now they must start winning Test matches abroad by finding ways to take 20 wickets. Indian cricket team lead by a young captain Virat Kohli would be aiming to win a first series on Lankan soil in more than two decades when the first Test gets underway on Wednesday.

“You don’t come to a cricket ground to draw a cricket match so you play a brand of cricket where you look to take the game forward and you look to take 20 wickets, that is paramount. You have got to think how you can take 20 wickets to take the game forward and win the game,” Shastri said. 

Ravi Shastri said that this young team has now had enough experience after touring New Zealand, South Africa, England and Australia. He further said that the team must use their experience and start winning games.

“It is extremely important to start winnings games. They have had the learning curve in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia. They have played a lot of cricket overseas and that experience factor will certainly come into play when they get back to conditions they are familiar with.”

Shastri also backed Virat Kohli’s decision to field 5 bowlers.

“The fact that you have an additional bowler might just help you close matches that you couldn’t earlier. It’s not about getting big runs but about taking 20 wickets. Look at England in the Ashes. It’s their depth in bowling that has made all the difference.”