India’s head educates Ravi Shastri has admitted that his group changed into “outplayed” in Wellington, however that defeat has handiest shaken them up to enhance their overall performance when they tackle New Zealand within the second and very last Test beginning Saturday on the Hagley Oval.
India had to face a crushing 10-wicket defeat within the first Test, which changed into also their first loss within the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.
“We were outplayed in the first Test, however, I usually believe that a shake-up like that is right. It opens your mindset,” Shastri stated on the pre-fit presser on Friday.
“If you have not tasted defeat, you can have a closed or fixed mindset. Here, when you see what has happened, it is ideal, and it gives you opportunities to learn.
“You recognise what New Zealand is doing and what to anticipate. It”s an amazing lesson and the men are up for the challenge,” he added.
He further said that the team want not to panic following their loss at the Basin Reserve. “One loss does not imply that we need to panic. The boys are ready. They understand what to anticipate, and they are mentally tuned.”
“You generally try this whilst you see something which is now not right, and then you definitely have a solution for it. I am not one of those coaches you will ask to do something while not having an answer. When you are on the road, matters can change,” he added.
The defeat in Wellington did hurt the group, and Shastri made it clean that Test cricket stays on pinnacle of his group”s agenda followed by way of T20s all through next two years when ODIs are “least priority”.
“I wouldn’t judge ODI and Test cricket as they’re definitely specific things. For us, the least priority is ODI cricket at the moment. Because of the time table and what”s coming up within the next two years. Our focus — Test cricket is No.1 and T20 cricket,” said Shastri.
The Indian head educate further stated that ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin needs to work on his batting which has slipped inside the current times. Ashwin, who has 4 Test centuries along with his 365 wickets, has now not surpassed 50 due to the fact that August 2017 and has scored a total of 126 runs in his remaining ten matches.
“He is a world-class bowler,” Shastri said. “There is truly no question approximately it. But He can be disappointed in the manner he has batted, and he will want to enhance that.”
Asked for his opinion as to why teams war far from home, the Indian head educate stated the trouble turned into handiest with the Test format.
“It”s the crimson ball. The situations of purple and white balls are completely distinct travelling a country gambling white-ball cricket, the red ball is totally exceptional particularly in England and New Zealand, where conditions can be pretty tons similar,” he stated.
It’s any team, and it’ll take some time to acclimatise, he added.