TheSportsRush brings The (Un)Real Interview with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri after a 4-1 series defeat against England.
India lost their fifth and final test against England to concede a 4-1 win in the Pataudi Trophy to England. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant’s spirited performances weren’t enough to see the fifth day off for India, as Virat Kohli’s men fell short of 118 runs.
India, however, continues to remain no.1 in the ICC Test rankings, albeit with a cut of 10 points before the series began.
We interviewed Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri after the series to know their thoughts about the loss.
Hello, captain and coach. We would like to know about your thoughts on the series loss.
Virat: It is of course painful. But we have a lot of positives to take from this series. The bowlers and me are obvious. The others were so drubbed they needed a carton of first-aid boxes, which is also full of pluses.
Ravi: It was a great performance. You cannot tell me we aren’t the best side in 15 years now. Because we are. That is a fact. pours another drink
Bar KL Rahul’s performance in the final innings, the opening seems to be a real worry for the team.
Ravi: Are you kidding me? Didn’t you see Dhawan’s footwork in the final test? The guy absolutely rattled the English out there, doing Bhangra in their own lands. He made India proud, buddy.
Virat: We asked Cook if he wants to consider the possibility of starting a new international career with us. Let’s see.
Talking about Cook, what do you have to say about his performance in the final test?
Ravi: I don’t know about that, I was sleeping. The noise of consistent clapping woke me up. Stupid people, who claps for two minutes? Anyway, I went to Cook and told him I’ll miss him in the cricketing circle. He only said, ‘same to you,’ and left. I wonder why.
Virat: Obviously, that was a brilliant innings. I told Dhawan that he needs to do something like that. Then he scored more runs than me and Pujara combined in the second innings. Fairplay.
Where do you think were England better?
Ravi: What ‘and’? I told you. They were better than us in tosses. Why are you looking at Virat? He thinks the same. Next question.
There were reports that BCCI will review your performances after the series loss.
Ravi: Yes yes, it is terrible. It will be quite difficult, but we will have to move on.
So do you mean that BCCI are indeed going to act?
Ravi: Yes. But I must stress that Rajasthan Royals will be a lot poor without the services of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
Virat: And RCB had Moeen. We didn’t play him much but we will obviously miss him.
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Oh. Final question – What are your expectations from Australian tour?
Virat: We have learnt from our mistakes. And this is why we will now reach Australia exactly six days before the series begins, so we can get completely used to the pace and bounce after playing the mighty West Indies in extremely difficult sub-continental conditions.
Ravi: Yes, that is right. We take scheduling very seriously.