Elated champion of champions Ravi Shastri says India will retain World Cup



Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

India’s strong showing as defending champions  in the 2015 World Cup  has thrilled Ravi Shastri no end.  The Indian cricket team’s director Ravi Shastri  has  now said  that the defending champions were well on course to lift the World Cup trophy. India thrashed Ireland by eight wickets to record their ninth consecutive win in the World Cup overall and fifth on the trot in the current edition to top pool B.

“It’s a good position to be in especially given that from now on, every game is a knockout. Once you start winning, you enjoy and feel relaxed, it’s when you lose that you want to stay locked in the dressing room. Right now, the team is enjoying, they are playing football, they are a happy unit,” Shastri said.

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar echoed Shastri’s views and credited the team’s bowlers for raising their game at the big platform.  “The bowlers deserve all the credit. 50 wickets in five matches, it is a wonderful achievement. Lot of times, the batsmen tend to overshadow them and they don’t get credit but it is nice to see the bowlers getting some credit,” he said.

Talking about India’s campaign, Shastri said the side, which came into the tournament after a disastrous bilateral series against Australia, was confident of clinching the top honours. “We were never here to fill in the numbers. We are not going to give any chances to any of our opponents and we are going to lift the trophy,” he said.


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