In the percentage system, you've to go to Australia and beat Australia," Shastri remarked. "If you don't beat Australia, you come back home and beat England 4-0, you get to 500 points, you still don't qualify. So we've had to dig deep. We've had to go down every hole to find water. We found it and earned our stripes to be in the final of the WTC - the biggest trophy in the world - with 520 points.
"I cannot say how proud I am of my Indian cricket team going through this tough period and qualifying for the WTC final against all odds. When you go from No. 1 to No. 3 sitting in your bedroom not playing cricket, and then you qualify with No. 1 in every department - Top of the table, ICC rankings, percentage rankings... tomorrow there might be some other workings that come, I think we'll be No.1 in that also."