India head coach Ravi Shastri made it clear that with ICC World Test Championship going on and T20 World Cup just a few months away, the 50-format game will be at the least priority for Team India at least for two years.
Though India were completely outplayed by New Zealand in the opening Test of the 2-match series, Shastri asserted that Test cricket will continue to hold most of Team India’s attention.
India suffered their first defeat in the World Test Championship when New Zealand handed them a 10-wicket defeat in Wellington to break India’s unbeaten 7-match winnings streak. India currently occupy the top position in the World Test Championship standings with 360 points but Australia are not much behind them and thus the next Test game against the Black Caps becomes even more crucial for the team if India look to book a spot in the final, which will be played at Lord’s next year.
“I would not judge ODI and Test cricket. For us, the least priority is ODI cricket at the moment looking at the schedule and what is coming in the next two years. Number one priority is Test cricket and then comes the T20Is. So, if you look at that, we have had a great run in the Test arena,” Shastri told reporters ahead of the 2nd Test in Christchurch.
“One loss does not mean that we need to panic. The boys are ready. They know what to expect and they are mentally tuned,” he said.
“You generally do that when you see something which is not right and then you have a solution for it. I am not one of those coaches you will ask to do something without having an answer. When you are on the road, things can change,” Shastri said.
Prior to the Test series, India were whitewashed 3-0 by New Zealand in the ODI series. After the defeat, India skipper Virat Kohli had also made similar comments as Shastri, saying, “one-day cricket in this calendar year is not as relevant”.