In the Mumbai Test, India defeated New Zealand by an innings and a half to win their 14th successive series at home. Ravi Shastri, India’s previous head coach, praised the players for their achievements. He also stated that captain Virat Kohli, as well as the majority of the team, adore Test cricket. Kohli and Shastri were instrumental in taking Indian cricket to new heights in the red-ball format. Back-to-back series victories on Australian turf followed by a dominating performance versus England earlier this year. Before the series was delayed owing to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, they had a 2-1 lead in the Test series against Joe Root’s side.

For a long time, Team India has been blowing the trumpet of its repertoire in Test cricket. The team has put in some promising performances both at home and away. Shastri praised Kohli and spoke about India’s dominance in the longer format. “I believe this Indian cricket squad has been an advocate for Test matches over the previous five years. Virat and the rest of the team adore Test cricket, which may surprise the rest of the world given how much one-day cricket India plays, followed by the IPL. If you ask anyone on the team, they will tell you that they adore Test cricket. That’s why, for the past five years, India has been the world’s No. 1 team at the end of each year,” Shastri told noted novelist Jeffrey Archer on his podcast.

Although India did not win the World Test Championship finals, Shastri stated that the team has been performing incredibly well for the past five years. He went on to say that the most lasting memory this generation will leave is the manner they played the longest format. “While we may have lost the one-off WTC final against New Zealand, we have dominated the format for the past five years. It was incredible to win two series in Australia, a series in England, and to win everywhere else in the world – white-ball and red-ball cricket – and to set a benchmark in red-ball cricket, with the fast bowlers coming to the fore – something unheard of from the Indian cricket team. The greatest legacy this age and this group of players will leave, in my opinion, is the way they have played and embraced Test cricket,” Shastri remarked.