Test series between India and West Indies is already sealed by Indian team with the 2-0 lead in the 4 match series. But visiting team looking forward to winning 4th and last test match to become number one team in Test ranking.
Recently when BCCI.TV interviewed Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, he revealed that Team India is focusing on winning this last test match and move upward in the ICC rankings. He said ” We have won the series but the fourth Test is still to be played. Test cricket is such a format where you can never be complacent”.
Statement by Ishant Sharma
“We lead 2-0. But if win the next match, we will be the No.1 Test team in the world and there can be nothing better than that. This is a young team and we want to reach there (top spot). When we play the fourth Test, we will look to dominate, score runs, bowl the opposition out and win the Test,” he said.
He also speaks about what was the strategy in the last test match after the 3rd day of the Test when a day was washed out because of the rain. He said that “declaration came at a right time and he praised bowlers bowling effort as India bowled West Indies very cheaply in their second innings.
“The plan was to score quickly and declare early. We wanted to bowl about 80 overs and discussed that in the team meeting. The results are out there for everyone to see as we stuck to our plans and executed them very well. The bowling group showed a lot of patience and discipline. We wanted to hit the right lengths and were ready to be patient to get those wickets” And he said he is also satisfied with his form.
He also “It was a 5-wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which helped India to have a huge lead in the first innings. “You saw how Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through the line-up in just one spell and got five wickets in the first innings. If one bowler can do it, it is possible for others to do it too. We were confident. If you have to win a Test, you have to take 20 wickets and in the second innings, all the bowlers chipped in”.