The fourth and final Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2022-23 is underway at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The series is on the line for India and so is a spot in the World Test Championship Final. The Rohit Sharma-led team needs to beat Australia in order to qualify for the summit clash of the WTC 2021-13 cycle. They could have sealed a spot had they won the third Test. But it could not happen.
India lost the game by nine wickets and former India head coach Ravi Shastri opined that it was India’s overconfidence that resulted in their downfall against Australia. However, India captain Rohit Sharma has termed Shastri’s comments as “rubbish”. When Sharma was told about Shastri’s comments, the Indian skipper said that the team was being ruthless and not “overconfident”.
“Ravi himself has been in this dressing room, and he knows what sort of mindset we have when we play as well. It’s about being ruthless, not being overconfident… Honestly, when you win two games, if the people outside are feeling that we are overconfident, it’s absolutely rubbish, because you want to do your best in all four games,” Sharma was quoted saying by the Indian Express.
“You don’t want to stop by winning just two games. Obviously, all these guys, when they talk about being overconfident and all that, especially the guys who are not part of the dressing room, they don’t know what kind of talk happens in the dressing room,” he said.
The India captain also pointed out how they don’t want to give the opposition the slightest of chances just like they do when India tours abroad.
“Not to give any inch to the opposition when they are playing, especially when they’re touring abroad, and that is exactly what we have also experienced when we have toured outside. The opposition will never let you come into the game, never let you come into the series. And that is the mindset we have as well. We want to do the best in all the games. If it seems overconfident or anything like that to outsiders, it doesn’t really matter to us,” he said.