Once the poster boy of Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri turned 58 on Wednesday. He was yet another talent who emerged from the city of Mumbai and went on to make a big name for himself. Ravi Shastri is of the Manglorean descent and did his schooling from Don Bosco school in Matunga.
Now head coach of the Indian cricket team, Shastri was an integral part of the national team between 1981 to 1992, in Tests and ODIs. He was the deputy of at least two Indian cricketers during his time with the side. Shastri could bat in the top and middle-order besides being a spinner who can be utilised to the fore.
Ravi Shastri: As a player
Shastri was defensive player known for his ‘chapati shot’ which was his trademark. Even though he was defensive in his approach, could raise the strike rate when required. He was serious for his cricket since his school days. While playing for his school, he also reached the final of 1976 Giles Shield, an inter-school tournament.
Shastri was selected to play for Bombay Ranji team during his last year in college. He had some brilliant contributions for the Ranji team including in the final against Delhi in 1980. Shastri got is break in Test career while playing for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji trophy as a replacement for injured spinner Dilip Doshi.
In the same year later, Shastri also made his ODI debut. He started as a No.10 batsman but was soon promoted to open for the side. He developed himself as an all-rounder and was also a handy fielder. He went on to play 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for the national team. As a batsman, he scored 3830 runs in Tests and 3108 in ODIs. As a bowler, he picked up 151 wickets in the longest format and 129 in ODIs.
Ravi Shastri: What is he up to now
Ravi Shastri is currently stranded in the lockdown situation in India but is active on social media. He awaits affirmation from the cricket board to resume training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is likely to join the camp.
Ravi Shastri: Lesser known facts
Ravi Shastri was the youngest player to play for Bombay at the age of 17 years and 292 days. In his debut Test, he picked up three wickets in four balls, with all the catches ending up into the hands of Dilip Vengsarkar. His first over in Test cricket was a maiden. In 1985 Shastri was named the vice-captain of the side for the first time.
Shastri due his good looks and tall figure was a glamorous star. He had a publicised romance with Amrita Singh. He had a brilliant record against the finest fast bowling nations — West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and England.