The current head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri is known to be someone with a good sense of humour and knows his way around the words quite well. Once again, he recalls some of the best, the glorious, the memorable moments in Indian cricket associated with the number 36, along with a few glum and forgettable ones as well.
Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to post a photo of himself with some of the iconic trophies which Team India has won, showcased by the BCCI.
“Ha. Too many 36’s. Six 6s mine. Team 36 Adelaide. One day number 36. Gavaskar 36. @YUVSTRONG12 six 6s. Could be more,” Shastri tweeted.
He mentions the 6 sixes he hit for Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda during the 1984-85 season. So did Yuvraj Singh against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
The ‘one day number 36’ which the former all-rounder mentioned in the post could be his 36th ODI for India in which Shastri displayed a terrific match-winning all-round performance against Australia in Benson & Hedges Cup. He had bowling figures of 1/34 in that game and went on to score 51 runs as India triumphed over Australia.
India won the tournament altogether defeating Pakistan in the final and Shastri was named the Man of the Series. He earned the title ‘The Champion of Champions’ and was awarded an Audi 100 sedan.
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Apart from the glory and the celebrated moments, the 58-year-old also doesn’t shy away from reminding people of the glum times. Such as the recent – or one which now seems further going away, thankfully – horror show of the Indian batsmen in Adelaide when Australian pacer – Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – in particular, bowled India out for 36, their lowest ever Test innings total in history.
Shastri also took a cheeky dig at his former teammate and another legendary batsman, Sunil Gavaskar for his tedious knock of 36* from 174 deliveries in the 1975 World Cup against England which is often seen as an asterisk to Gavaskar’s otherwise illustrious career.
Speaking of the Indian cricket team, at present, Virat Kohli’s side steamrolled England for the better part of the Test series to win it 3-1 and have booked a place in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand. Ravi Shastri would love to add that trophy to the BCCI trophy cabinet.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 10, 2021