‘One of the great inspiring stories’: Shastri on Himachal winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy | Cricket news


MUMBAI: Former India manager Ravi Shastri praised Himachal Pradesh on Sunday after winning their first Vijay Hazare Trophy, saying “this is one of the great inspiring stories”.
“… You know for a team like Himachal like I said no superstars but winning the tournament just shows that if you have a good work ethic you are grounded and you are humble and you want to play the playing in the true spirit of team play, you can reach great heights.

“So hat’s off to them for pulling off one major upheaval after another in this tournament,” Shastri told reporters here.
The former all-rounder from India was speaking after the award distribution of the 74th Police Shield tournament at the scenic Mumbai Police Gymkhana here.

Himachal Pradesh surprised the powerful Tamil Nadu on Sunday in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Indian player Suryakumar Yadav, a member of the winning team at Parsee Gymkhana, slammed 249 in the Police Shield final and was instrumental in the team’s victory.

According to Shastri, 59, the move Surya played will help him in bigger tournaments.
“I think the best thing (that) I liked was seeing senior players from Mumbai come and play this tournament (Police Shield).
“Someone like Suryakumar Yadav, who is with the Indian team now, with the Mumbai team, a senior player but when you have such players, who come and play these tournaments, it only gives confidence to others players in this locker room to imitate him and reach the heights he has reached, ”added Shastri, himself a former captain of Mumbai.

Shastri, who has served Indian cricket in various capacities, also spoke about the dismal performances of the Mumbai team.
“… when I sometimes see score sheets that show Pondicherry beating Mumbai twice, not that it’s an ordinary team, any team can beat any team one day, but it tells you that there is a problem somewhere, ”Shastri said.
“When you see a team like Himachal make it to the final, with no big names, and Mumbai fail to make it and have been for a while, then you start asking questions.
“And above all, I would say (do) I have a feeling a lot of people who play for Mumbai these days take things for granted.
“They think you have a Mumbai cachet, so we’ll win, that won’t happen. You have to respect the game, respect the work ethic, respect where you come from, then come out and play as a team the team. Mumbai cricketer with pride, ”added Shastri.



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