India coach Ravi Shastri felt “god was in England’s dressing room” during his side’s World Cup group stage loss to the hosts in June. Former Indian Test spinner Shastri said that he hoped the reverse would be true if the two sides meet again in the tournament final.
England were the only team to get the better of Virat Kohli and his men but India must first beat New Zealand in their rain-affected semi-final at Old Trafford. “I thought god was in England’s dressing room that day. Hope if we play England next, he sits in ours,” Shastri said in a video posted by the ICC.
Shastri also lavished praise on the current tournament top-scorer Rohit Sharma, who has broken a World Cup record by hitting five centuries. “Rohit is one of the greatest one-day players,” added Shastri.
“Whether he would have scored runs in this competition or not, just seeing his record over the years… the three double hundreds in ODIs. “No one has done that. He has been really consistent for India at the top. His form was no surprise. If he chooses a tournament like the World Cup to get that form in, as a coach, I will take it.”