Play ugly and show grit: Shastri tells batsmen

Nottingham: Under-fire India coach Ravi Shastri on Thursday called on his struggling batsmen to show more discipline and grit when the third Test against England gets underway at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

He said that despite tough conditions, need of the hour is to show resolve and play gritty cricket. England lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first two Tests in Birmingham and Lord’s.

“Conditions have been tough right through this series. But that’s where character and discipline come into play. The resolve to know where your off stump is, leave a lot of balls, be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit,” said Shastri.

“When the occasion demands, it’s a case of mental resolve. Mental discipline will be the key as far as batsmen are concerned.”


Kohli is almost fit for the game

There is some good news ahead of the must-win Test for India. Skipper Virat Kohli is near to full fitness ahead of the game as he batted without any discomfort and also took slip catching. Jasprit Bumrah, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have already been declared fit for the game.

“Kohli is feeling much better. You saw him in the nets he is moving much better and improving by the day,” said Shastri.

England are on the cusp of wrapping up the series with victory at Trent Bridge, and the only way India can avoid that is to register only their second win in six overseas Tests in 2018. Shastri said that the team knows how to do it because they have been in this position before.

Remembering the man who captained India to 1st Test series win in England

The Indian team paid its respect to late Wadekar before practice. The players and entire support staff observed two minutes of silence. “I knew Ajit very well from a very young age. He was one of our finest captains and a great manager. When it came to man management skills, he was as shrewd as anyone you will ever get as a captain,” said Shastri.

(With inputs from PTI)