Ravi Shastri is a former Indian cricketer and captain. As a batsman Shastri was essentially defensive and made an impressive cricket career.
Life of Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri was born on May 27, 1962 to M Jayadratha Shastri and Laksmi Shashtri. His family originally came from Mangalore in Karnataka but he was born and brought up in Bombay.
Shastri studied at Don Bosco High School, Matunga and R A Podar College. He was much interested in cricket since his childhood. In late 1990 he married Ritu Singh.
Cricket Career of Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri was an all rounder who batted right-handed and bowled left arm spin. He made an impressive career in cricket. Shastri's international career started at the age of 18 years. He started his career as a bowler and gradually became more of a batsman.
As a batsman he was essentially defensive with his trademark "chapati shot". He played either as an opening batsman or in the middle order. He made his Test debut and ODI debut in 1981. In the 1980s Shastri used to open the innings regularly in one day games.
He opened with Srikkanth in two matches of the 1983 World Cup. They set a world record of 188 for the first wicket when they opened at Cuttack. In the third Test at Calcutta with Mohammad Azharuddin he added 214 for the fifth wicket, an Indian record.
When India started the second innings late in the final day he opened the match thus becoming one of the few batsmen to bat on all five days of a Test. In the World Championship of Cricket in Australia Shastri was chosen as the man of the series for his 182 runs and 8 wickets which in this tournament was called 'The Champion of Champions'.
In the 1986 cricket series Shastri captained India for the only time in his Test career. He continued as the captain for a three nations tournament in Sharjah in April. He played the best innings by either side in the series.
He scored his career best score of 217 in the Irani trophy in the opening match of the Indian season and a top score of 88 on a very bad wicket in the Chandigarh Test against Sri Lanka.
He announced his retirement from first class cricket in 1994. Currently Shastri does commentary on behalf of BCCI in the matches that India plays. For over a decade, Ravi Shastri rendered yeoman service to Indian cricket in many ways. Ravi Shastri at present is head coach of the Indian national team.
Awards and Honours of Ravi Shastri
In 1981 Ravi Shastri was honoured with Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year. In 1984 he was awarded the Arjuna Award.