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Ravi Shastri reiterates that India will continue with their attacking mindset

586   //    18 Aug 2015, 23:50 IST
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Team director Ravi Shastri said that the loss in the first Test will not change their strategy and style of play, reports ESPNcricinfo. "We won't change our style of play. Mindsets will remain the same.

Exactly like how it was in the first Test match. But to close the deal, you have to walk the distance till the end. We made that one mistake in the end." The new combination of playing 5 bowlers has also been talked about and the team will have to adapt soon and put up impressive performances.

About the final session he said, "I wish they had attacked on the last day and not defended. If they had attacked on the last day or been a little more positive - I am not saying attacked means four, six but been busy, played with intent - it would have been a different ball game."

There will be a change in the opening combination due injuries to both Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. The inclusion of Stuart Binny’s to the starting 11 means there will be more support to both the bowling and batting departments. "It does take time to get to the right combination. With this Indian team, with this kind of bowling attack, I think an all-rounder is a must. I would say, more a batting all-rounder. It's an absolute must. When you play in these conditions, you might not need five bowlers but a four-and-a-half, Ravi said.   

“It could be spinning batting all-rounder, depending on the conditions. I think it's important to get the right balance. Stuart is coming off a brilliant performance on the tour of Zimbabwe. I think whenever he has got an opportunity; he has done a pretty decent job. I think he did a very decent job in the tour of England where we lost badly."

Ravi Shastri has been with the team since the ODI tour last year in England, and Sri Lanka is by far the hardest assignment of his tenure. And to keep his post as team director he will to produce results to back his statements of aggression, fearlessness and the will to win.  

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