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India vs Australia | Blanks Fired From Miles Blow Away Like Tracer Bullet: Shastri Hits Out at Critics

| January 7, 2019, 3:28 PM IST

Sydney: India coach Ravi Shastri, speaking after the team's 2-1 series victory in Sydney on Monday said negative comments coming from miles away were blown away by the wind like, what else, but a "tracer bullet".

Moments after India's maiden Test series triumph in Australia, Shastri hit back at critics in typical fashion saying, "I said in Melbourne - I think I mentioned people taking pot shots and firing blanks. I wasn't joking there, because I knew how hard this team had worked. When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it's blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet."

After former India spinner and TV analyst Murali Karthik called the Perth defeat a wake-up call, Sunil Gavaskar had said, "And how did that wake up call come? Because of the blanks being fired from thousands of miles away. The blanks made the noise that woke this team up!"

Having achieved as coach what no other Indian team has in 71 years, it was Shastri's turn to respond.

Continuing his tirade, he said, "...But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious. And that's what we have fired right through the series against Australia. We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all. This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors."

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

"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 was not done there, considering the enormity of the achievement at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"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'," Shastri signed off.

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