Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has said that the Indian team does not believe in complaining. Even during the series of five Test matches against host England, Virat Kohli-led Indian team will not make excuses for tough conditions for their performance.
There were reports that the Indian team management was not happy with the pitch and outfield of Essex county ground. The only practice match has been scheduled from three to four days. However later it was told that this was done due to access heat.
Shastri in press conference:
During the press conference Shastri said “My philosophy is very simple, your country, I don’t ask questions. my country, you don’t ask. There was good grass on that (pitch). The groundsmen asked if we wanted the grass to be taken off. I said ‘absolutely not’. (It is) your prerogative. You give (the wicket), we play, so when you come to my country you can never ask (about pitches).”
He further elaborated “The game was reduced from four days to three because of the logistics and the weather prevailing. We had an opportunity to practice three days in Birmingham, which is the Test match venue. If we had played four days here we would have lost that one day there because of travel. As simple as that because the prerogative whether to play a two-day, three-day or four-day game lies entirely with the travelling team,”
“The basic idea was to have a session at Edgbaston on Sunday. And travel on Saturday, to be able to practice on Sunday. The reason is to get to the Test match venue because it wouldn’t have served any purpose with an extra day here. An extra day there will give us more familiarity with the venue and the conditions where you are playing the first Test,” he concluded.