Ravi Shastri

Cricketer Ravi Shastri was born on 27th May, 1962 in Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Though he was born in Mumbai, but his family is originally from Mangalore. His full name is Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri. He has made certain significant contributions to Indian cricket. Apart from opening the batting, Ravi Shastri has batted in the middle order as well. He was a dependable batsman and a wonderful left-arm spinner.

On a couple of occasions, the critics had accused Ravi Shastri of being a bit slow in his approach. They pointed out that he should have been more attacking in his approach. He was quite tall and good-looking and had a charming personality as well. Actually, Ravi Shastri paced most of his innings with a slow and watchful start. But he used to literally beat out the bowling attack in the later parts of the match.

Ravi Shastri was a truly excellent utility cricketer and won the coveted title of Champion of Champions in the 1985 Championship of Cricket in Australia. He was also presented with an Audi car. Although he had an image of a defensive cricketer, he could also attack the bowling when it was needed. For example, he hit a total of six sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. This match took place in the month of January in 1985.

He had also captained the Indian Cricket Team in a test match against the mighty West Indies team in 1987 and 88. India had, in fact, won that match. He made his test and ODI debut in the year, 1981.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011