It may not quite be the case at this moment, but Ravi Shastri insists Australia is the most enjoyable tour on the international cricketing calendar.
As the tourists grapple with life in a tightened bio-secure bubble in a series locked at 1-1 apiece, it’s clear this trip has become a grind, with Tests in Sydney, beginning on Thursday, and Brisbane remaining. But in a new book – India’s 71-Year Test – The Journey to Triumph in Australia – to be unveiled at the SCG on Wednesday, Shastri, the Indian great, writes about what it truly means to tour Australia.
“Of all countries I’ve toured, Australia has easily been the best. The quality of cricket, the way they play the game, the world-class facilities, the weather, the following for and love of the game, and the culture inspire a basic desire to win against a great sporting nation with a tremendous history and record,” Shastri said.
“Listening to ABC commentary in my formative years, my mind was focused on doing well there. That’s not to say other places weren’t challenging or enjoyable, but I have always felt cricket in Australia is an all-round tougher test.”