India head coach Ravi Shastri feels that the Indian cricket team might have been short by 10 days of practice in the most important overseas tour of the last three years.
Shastri-coached Team India, looking to win its first Test series in South Africa, is 0-2 down ahead of the final game from Wednesday, having opted not to play the lone warm-up tie and instead train due to a crammed schedule.
At both Newlands and Centurion, India looked a solid bowling side but their dismal batting performance came as a cropper with the exception of skipper Virat Kohli’s 153 in the second Test and Hardik Pandya’s 93 in Cape Town.
Earlier, on arrival in Cape Town, Shastri had said the team will have to adapt to every condition in seven days.
Ahead of the final Test at Wanderers, starting on Wednesday, Shastri said, “Conditions back home, we are familiar with. Here, conditions are different. In hindsight, I would say another ten days of practice here would have made a difference. But that’s no excuse. The pitch we play on, it’s the same for both sides and I would rather focus on the 20 wickets we have taken."
Shastri expressed his outrage at BCCI officials responsible for international scheduling. He has put the ball in BCCI’s court and said, “Unfortunately the schedule was such that you had matches. But I am sure henceforth in the future when itineraries are made, that will be taken into account; there is absolutely no doubt about that. You get there a couple of weeks earlier and prepare."
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