Border-Gavaskar Trophy – ‘It’s ruthlessness, not hubris’ – Rohit Sharma disagrees with Ravi Shastri’s assessment

Rohit Sharma disagrees with former coach Ravi Shastri’s assessment that India went into the Third Test against Australia overconfident and complacent, and that this led to their nine-wicket defeat.

“Honestly, if you win two games and the people outside feel like we’re overconfident, that’s absolutely nonsense because you want to give your best in all four games,” Rohit said on the eve of the final Test in Ahmedabad . “You don’t want to stop by winning just two games, it’s that simple.

“Obviously all these guys, when they talk about overconfidence and stuff, especially the guys who aren’t part of the locker room, they don’t know what kind of talking goes on in the locker room. Ruthless is the word that comes to my mind, and it occurs to every cricketer, to be relentless Not to give an inch to the opponent when they play especially when they tour abroad which is exactly what we have also experienced when we have toured outside “The opponent never let you get into the game, never let you get into the series. And that’s the mentality we have.”

“We want to do the best in all games. If it seems overconfident or anything like that to the outsiders, we don’t really care because Ravi himself has been in this dressing room and he knows what kind of mentality we have when we play. It’s about being ruthless, not being overconfident.”

Batting first after winning the toss at Indore, India lost seven wickets in the first session and were all out for just 109 as Matthew Kuhnemann took 5 for 16. They fared only slightly better in the second innings, posting 163 and setting a goal. of 76, which Australia easily chased.

“This is what a little bit of complacency, a little bit of overconfidence can do when you take things for granted, you drop the guard and this game drags you down,” Shastri had said on the air. “I think it was a combination of all these things when you throw your mind back to the first innings, see some of the shots that were played, see some of the over-eagerness to try to dominate in these circumstances. You reflect back, take a step back or two to analyze.”

The result gave Australia a chance to split the series after trailing 2-0 after losing at Nagpur and Delhi. In terms of the bigger picture, Australia’s win at Indore sealed their spot in the World Test Championship final. If India wants to do the same, they have to win in Ahmedabad. Anything less than a win and they will have to rely on New Zealand not losing 2-0 to Sri Lanka.