We won’t change our style of play: Ravi Shastri
Notwithstanding India’s shock defeat in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, Team Director Ravi Shastri on Monday made it clear that the team will not change its style of play in the remaining two Tests, saying the endeavour has always been to play “fearless cricket”. He said India lost the match because they brought pressure on themselves and it was just a matter of winning one match to get the team rolling. In an extraordinary twist in Galle, India capitulated to an embarrassing 63-run defeat against the islanders, who scripted one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent Test history. “We won’t change our style of play. It will be exactly like how it was in the first match. We made one mistake (in the first game). Of course to close it out we will have to walk the distance... till the end,” Shastri told reporters here.
Asked if the team was under pressure, the former captain responded in negative. “It was not a question of buckling under pressure. They sensed the pitch could deteriorate. The pressure was brought on. My general feeling is that if they can get one (victory) on the board it will be the start of many,” he said, stressing <g data-gr-id="19">on </g>the need to have one good win under their belt. Set a tricky victory target of 176, the listless Indians surrendered tamely to be skittled out for their lowest score of 112 in just 49.5 over to give the islanders a 1-0 lead in the series last week. “They go out with intent. The endeavour of this team is to play fearless cricket.