Ravi Shastri Biography
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri was a phenomenal former Indian cricketer who has led India to victory a number of times. Currently, he is the Indian national cricket team’s head coach and an Indian cricket commentator. He was mainly active in the years between 1981 and 1992. He played in ODIs as well as the Test format of the game. He started off as a left-arm spin bowler and later evolved into an all-rounder.
Ravi Shastri was born on 27 May 1962 in Bombay. He received his school level education at Don Bosco High School. He showed keen passion towards cricket from his school days only, competing in a number of inter-school matches. He was coached by B.D. Desai, a former Tatas and Dadar Union player. Later, he joined the R.A. Podar College, a college which has produced a number of good cricketers. VS “Marshall” Patil and Vasant Amladi are considered key figures in Ravi’s development as a cricketer. He married Ritu Singh in late 1990.
Shastri rose to success pretty fast during his initial days. Within just 18 months, his batting order moved from tenth to an opening batsman. In 1982 Oval against England, he stood out scoring 66 runs. He again distinguished himself at a final Test at Karachi where he scored his first century in the Test, that too against Imran Khan’s fast bowling, who was at the peak of his career then.
Around 1984, there have already been signs that he would become the next captain of the team as Sunil Gavaskar was towards the end of his cricket career and Kapil Dev was likely to succeed him. In November that year, he led India to an inning win. It was also the first defeat in a tour match for England in 50 years. He also holds a record of batting on all 5 days of a Test match.
At the World Championship of Cricket in Australia, he was declared the man of the series for his 8 wickets and 182 runs. He was also rewarded with an Audi 100. Shastri served as the vice-captain for the team during 1986–87. In 1991, he scored his last ODI century in South Africa.
During an inning against Australia, a knee injury surfaced which later on ended his career. Later India hosted England for a series but Shastri couldn’t play due to the injury for 8 months. And after that, he left the international cricket forever.