India coach Ravi Shastri has lavished praise on Virat Kohli and his team for their performance under the last couple of years. He went to the extent of claiming that the team has done better than ones of the past with big names.
"This Indian team has been with each other for two years and they are much more experienced now. They have already done things that a lot of other Indian teams and a lot of big names couldn't do in their careers, for example, winning a series here in Sri Lanka, Shastri said in a PTI report.
On India winning a Test series against Sri Lanka after 22 years in 2015, Shastri said, "A lot of bignames have played for 20 years and they have come to Sri Lanka many times but they have never won a series. This team has done that. This team is used to doing things that a lot of other teams haven't done and that too overseas.
Shastri was also effusive in his praise of Kohli as captain. "I think he is still young. I can see a very big difference from when he captained in his first Test to what he is now. I was there in Adelaide, when he captained in his first match and he is 27 Tests old now as captain. You can see a big difference.
"You can see it in the body language that he has matured, and he will continue to mature and learn. For his age, he has done a lot (already) and there are signs that he can be right up there with the very best," Shastri added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent