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Barring skipper Virat Kohli, all the other Indian batsmen have struggled in the ongoing tour. Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been in woeful form and as a result, the team is currently trailing 0-2 in the ongoing five-Test series. Also Read - Fielding Coach R Sridhar Reveals Training Module For Virat Kohli-Led Team India, Says Sharpest Minds Will Take Six Weeks to Get Ready For Test Cricket
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Speaking to media after team’s practice session on Thursday, Shastri said that batsmen from both the teams have struggled.
“It’s not fair to single out any one player. Batsmen from both teams have struggled, you know, when the occasion demands…It’s a case of mental resolve – how you put mind over matter and mental discipline will be the key as far as batsmen are concerned going forward even in this Test match,” Shastri said.
“Conditions have been tough as you have seen right through the series but that’s where character comes into place and mental discipline comes into place.. the resolve to know where your off-stump is.. you have to leave a lot of balls.. to be prepared to look ugly and dirty and show some grit,” he added.
While chasing a gettable 194 in the first Test at Edgbaston, none of the Indian batsmen showed the intent to stay long at the crease apart from Kohli and eventually lost the match by 31 runs.
At Lord’s, the number one ranked Test side went down without showing any kind of fight and lost the match by an innings and 159 runs to go 0-2 in the series. And now, they face an uphill task of making a comeback in the five-match rubber, something which many think they would not be able to do so.
The India head coach also conceded that they made an error going in with an extra spinner. “In hindsight, playing an extra spinner was an error. We could have played an extra seamer in hindsight. We did not how much it would rain. In hindsight, a seamer could have been a better option.”
The 56-year-old also urged his team to believe in themselves. “Just believe in yourself.. you have been in this position a couple of times before and you have responded,” he said.
“One thing for sure, there is no negative bone in this unit. Conditions favoured England at Lord’s but that is no excuse.. it can happen to any team.. This is a team without a negative bone wanting to win,” he added.