Last Update on: June 29th, 2018 at 09:46 am
The Head Coach of the Indian team Ravi Shastri is known for his ‘headline-grabbing’ views. The flamboyant Indian is a vocal supporter of the current Indian set-up and he often raised a few eyebrows when it comes to comparisons. As a commentator, Shastri was impeccable.
His famous commentary during the World T20, in which Yuvraj Singh belted Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over is still music to the ears. Shastri’s signature word- ‘tracer bullet’ also went viral and became a house-hold wordplay. But the most memorable piece has to be from the 2011 World Cup finals, where he addressed the final six by saying ‘Dhoni finishes off in style”.
Shastri speaks his mind
During a talk show ‘Breakfast with Champions’, Shastri shared his views on certain popular subjects. He spoke on the 1983 World Cup and how people had written them off even before the first ball was bowled. India fought against the odds and ended up winning the cup, beating favorites West Indies.
There were no expectations in 83: Shastri
He said the win in 2011 was much bigger than the one in 1983. “In 1983, we were the underdogs. Everyone suggested us to just go and give our best shot, there were no expectations. But 2011 was huge for various reasons. The tournament was in India, no team had a World Cup whilst hosting. Everyone wanted India to win,” the former Indian cricketer said.
He also spoke on the impact created by media in 2011 compared to the 80s. The coach feels the Indian team felt lot of pressure in 2011 as everyone had eyes on them. The difference in media hype in 2011, when compared to 1983, was chalk and cheese. The pressure on those boys (2011 team) was massive and to pull it off in that style, the way MS (Dhoni) finished it, unbelievable,” said Shastri.