Happy Birthday: Ravi Shastri

Ravishastri’s birthday today as the head coach of Team India. Former India all-rounder Ravishastri (59) entered the Benson and Hedges World Championships on May 27 as the ‘Champion of Champions’. Shastri, who equaled Gary Sobers’ record of hitting six sixes in an over, has witnessed many historic moments in Indian cricket. Be it the player or the coach or the narrator.

Ravi Shastri is known worldwide for his interpretation of cricket. He has commented on several popular cricket series, including several major ICC tournaments. Ravi Shastri joined Team India in 1983 as a Cricket World Cup. He may not play in the final with the West Indies. But India witnessed the first World Cup win. India won the World Cup for the first time under Kapil Dev. The Indian team led by Kapil Dev defeated the West Indies in a thrilling match at Lord’s. In the first T20 World Cup 2007, Yuvraj Singh hit 6 sixes in an over from England bowler Stuart Broad. Ravi Shastri was responding at the time.

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He was also the host of the T20 World Cup final against India and Pakistan. The young Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the first T20 World Cup after beating Pakistan. During this time he witnessed this historic victory. Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s greatest players, was still reacting when he hit a double century in ODI cricket for the first time. Following this, India won the ODI World Cup for 28 years in 2011. Dhoni Nuwan Kulasekara’s sixes helped India win. At this time, Ravi Shastri was commenting on the commentary box.

Speaking of his international career, Ravishastri made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1981. He has scored 3830 runs in 80 Tests with 11 centuries and 12 fifties. He has 151 wickets in his name. Ravi Shastri, meanwhile, has scored 3108 runs in 150 ODIs with 4 centuries and 18 fifties. Shastri holds 129 wickets in ODIs. Ravishastri was the Director of Team India from 2014-16. In 2017, Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach of the India team.

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