As Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri has turned 58. Here is a look at some of his greatest moments from a legendary playing career that lasted over a decade
Ravi Shastri is one of the most celebrated players in the history of Indian cricket. He celebrates his birthday on 27th May. The Team India head coach turned 58 on Wednesday and has received warm wishes from many in the sporting fraternity on social media. Shastri has been the coach of the Indian cricket team since 2017 and was at the helm during India's historic test series victory against Australia in 2018-19.
For almost two decades, he is someone who has entertained fans from the commentary box. He had the mic in his hands in some of Indian cricket's greatest moments, including the winning moments during the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Thus, his words have been etched in memories of every cricket fan for eternity.
Prior to these, Shastri had a long and illustrious career as a player during which he gave a lot of memories to cherish over the years with his elegant batting and tenacious off-spin. Here, we take a look at five of the greatest moments from the former Indian all-rounder's playing career.
The only double Hundreds of Shastri's Test career came in what turned out to be the final year of his career. He smashed a remarkable knock of 206 runs of 477 balls at the Sydney Cricket ground in what was Shane Warne's debut in the Baggy Greens. The knock consisted of 17 boundaries and two sixes and is remembered for the right-hander completely demolishing Australian bowlers before he became Warne's first Test scalp. Shastri stuck a 196-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, who also played an unbeaten knock of 146 to power India to a grand total of 483. Later, he returned to the pitch to take four wickets in Australia's second innings and almost won the match for his side.
The first of Shastri's 11 test-centuries came against arch-rivals Pakistan in Karachi in 1983. In the sixth Test of the series, he opened the innings and scored a memorable knock of 128. Against a fiery Pakistan pace attack led by Imran Khan, the Indian opener showed great resolve and intent to reach the three-figure mark for the first time despite minimal support from the other end. Dilip Vengaskar was the only other batsman to score more than 50 before retiring hurt. This effort helped India amass 393 batting first in the game and eventually secure a draw.
Not only was Shastri a hero of the nation but legend for Mumbai Cricket, producing various notable performances over the years in domestic cricket. His crowning glory for his home side came in the 1985 Ranji Trophy final when Mumbai played Delhi at the Wankhede Stadium. With the help of his first four-wicket haul in the first innings and solid knock of 76 in the second with the bat, they were able to set a target of 299 for Delhi. It was in the final innings, where Shastri spun his way to magic as he took eight wickets and led Mumbai to a 90-run win to help them lifted the Ranji Trophy for the 30th time.
In the earlier stages of the Mumbai's 1984-85 winning campaign, Shastri wrote his name in the history books with a mind-bowling effort against Baroda, where he scored the fastest double in first-class cricket by reaching the milestone in just 123 balls. Another remarkable thing to happen over the course of the innings was the Mumbaiker smashing each delivery of an over, from left-arm spinner Tilak Raj, over the boundary. Through that, Shastri became the first Indian to hit six sixes in an over and only the second in the world after Sir Gary Sobers.
The most iconic memory of his career remains him receiving an 'Audi' car for being the man of the series in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket. Counted among Indian cricket's greatest wins, the Men in Blue ran an incredible campaign against the best teams in the world which culminated with an eight-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. Shastri's all-round effort was the catalyst in helping India lift the trophy. He scored 182 runs and took eight-wickets at averages of 45.50 and 20.75 with the bat and ball respectively, including an unbeaten 63 in the showpiece encounter to take India home.
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