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'This Win Is As Big Or Even Bigger Than 1983 World Cup', Says Ravi Shastri On India's Test Win

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| January 7 , 2019 , 18:31 IST

India coach Ravi Shastri reacted on the historic win of India cricket team against Australia and called India’s maiden Test series to win in Australia a bigger achievement than the 1983 World Cup victory for him.

When asked by the media how he felt after the historic victory, Shastri said, “I will tell you how satisfying this is for me. World Cup 1983, World Championship 1985...this is as big or even bigger because this is in the truest format of the game, that is Test cricket.”

India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia on Monday by a margin of 2-1.

He further added that he believes in living in the present as he expectedly lauded skipper Virat Kohli.

He said, "Past is history, future is a mystery. We have won today after 71 years and I'd like to live in the present. And salute my captain for being the captain of the team that beat Australia for the first time in Australia in a series."

He added, "I don't think anyone plays Test cricket with more passion than he does. At least I don't see any other international captain coming close to him on the field when it comes to showing that passion needed to play the game,"

Shastri lavished rich praise on his players after they wrote a new chapter in the Indian cricket history after 71 years.

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“This is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country. And that’s the determination, that’s the ruthlessness, that’s the mindset with which this team went to play in this series. Hats off to them for showing that courage.”

He further said, “Today I can say I am proud of my boys and I can also tell them one thing, which Virat touched in the presentation, that this team now has an identity to look at any other Indian team from the past in the eye and say, we play proper Test match cricket. You did, we did too but without being intimidated."