'We need to build on this success'

New Delhi: Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri spoke to The Telegraph on Sunday afternoon.

The following are excerpts

A first-ever 4-0 win for India in a Test series...

(Raises both arms) It's fantastic and calls for a celebration... It's a day to savour.

Having told this newspaper before the series that India could win all four Tests...

Indeed, I stand vindicated... I think I'd said that I wouldn't be surprised if, despite the loss to England, we made a clean sweep.

Thrashing Australia, a country which dominated the sport till fairly recently...

That's why it's a big moment... We haven't hammered a lallu-panju side. It's Australia.

No.1 impact-making innings for India...

(Mahendra Singh) Dhoni's innings of 224 in the first Test, in Chennai... But for that knock, we would have been in trouble and, who knows, how the series would have gone.

Player who has gained the most...

Ravindra Jadeja, without a doubt... He's gained in confidence and will now be a very different player.

Where could India improve...

This is still a team in transition... The fast bowling could improve.. The middle-order could get better. We need to build on this success.

Next three series being overseas...

Forget the results, but the tours are going to be an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to grow in experience and confidence... It's a challenge they should enjoy.

The Kotla wicket...

Bad, but there's a way to bat on such tracks... You need to use your feet and use the width of the crease sensibly.

If he'd expected the final Test to get over within three days...

I did think it was possible when I looked at the wicket before the third day's play... It resembled a Day VII track! Besides ability, one needed luck to survive.

The last one... Indications being that Sachin Tendulkar would be available for the Test series in South Africa later this year...

Looks like, yes. Leave it to him.

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