Glimpses of greatness: reviewing the Shastri years (2017-2021)

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Glimpses of greatness: reviewing the Shastri years (2017-2021)

We review the Indian team over the last four years – the period since July 2017 when Ravi Shastri took over as head coach.

Talking Points:

  • The significance of being a very good team in a competitive era
  • The bowling depth in this era world-wide – which is superior to previous teams
  • Irfan Pathan in the mid-2000s – and the first glimpse of picking five bowlers
  • India’s dominance over West Indies and Sri Lanka in the last decade
  • The confidence to play four fast bowlers even if it meant weakening the batting
  • India’s phenomenal home record over the last decade
  • The perception experiment with Atherton, Hussain and Stewart
  • India’s home conditions being more varied than conditions away
  • The value of Bharat Arun – India’s bowling coach
  • The post-facto Vijay Shankar outrage
  • The diffuse excellence of this Indian team – and the clamour for an ICC Trophy
  • The Dhoni problem in the 2019 World Cup


Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)


Lead image from here.

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