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Ravi Shastri Profile ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info

Ravi Shastri Profile ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info

Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri (born 27 May 1962) is an Indian former commentator, cricketer and the former head coach of the India national cricket team. As a player, he played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs. Although he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, he later transformed into a batting all-rounder.

As a cricketer, Shastri was essentially defensive with his trademark “chapati shot(a flick off the pads), but he could raise his strike rate when required. Due to his above-average height (he stood 6′ 3” tall) and an upright stance, he had a limited number of shots against fast bowling, but was able to put the lofted shot to good use against spin bowling. Ravi played either as an opening batsman or in the middle order.

The highlight of his career was when he was elected Champion of Champions in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985. In the same season, on 10 January 1985 he equaled West Indian Garry Sobers’s record of hitting six sixes in an over in first class cricket. He was regarded as a potential captain, but his image outside cricket,injuries and tendency to lose form at crucial times meant that he captained India in only one Test match.

Ravi Shastri in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri
Born 27 May 1962 (age 59)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
  • India (1981–1992)
Test debut (cap 151) 21 February 1981 v New Zealand
Last Test 26 December 1992 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 36) 25 November 1981 v England
Last ODI 17 December 1992 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1993 Bombay
1987–1991 Glamorgan

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 80 121 14 3830 206 35.79 7942 48.22 11 1 12 317 22
ODI 150 128 21 3108 109 29.05 5089 61.07 4 0 18 206 25

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 80 125 15751 6185 151 5/75 8/179 2.36 40.96 104.31 2 0
ODI 150 136 6613 4650 129 5/15 5/15 4.22 36.05 51.26 1 0
Career Information
Test debut
vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Feb 21, 1981
Last Test
vs South Africa at St George’s Park, Dec 26, 1992
ODI debut
vs England at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Nov 25, 1981
Last ODI
vs South Africa at Kingsmead, Dec 17, 1992

There’s cricket, and there’s things around cricket. Ravi Shastri has done everything in either. It is often easy to forget that the faces and voices omnipresent on television screens as a part of the media had celebrated cricketing careers before getting there. Shastri is one such prime example.

One of the many Bombay-products of the 80s in the Indian side, he started off as a prodigy from the maidans. A Harris-Shield winning captain in the final year of school, he was spotted by the scouts, fast-tracked through the ranks and at the age of 17, found himself in the Bombay Ranji Trophy squad, the then youngest to do so. A year later, an India cap duly followed.

He was the generation’s pin-up boy – flamboyant, loud, brash. His cricket though was for large parts the perfect contrast – orthodox, defensive. Often promoted to bat up the order when the regular openers would ‘get injured’ as soon as India went overseas, Shastri built a style of ultra-defensive batting around himself – something that his career risks getting defined by. But it got him runs, big runs, against big sides. An average of 77.75 against the mighty Aussies of that decade says enough.

He came into the side predominantly as a left-arm spinner, starting off at number ten, when he made his Test debut in 1981 against New Zealand at Basin Reserve. Promotions surely were in order, moving up the ladder and in eighteen months found himself opening the batting, batting in every single position by the end of his career.

Out of his eleven Test centuries, seven of them came outside home, on tough tours of Pakistan, England and the West Indies. He was also a perpetual vice-captain, first to Gavaskar, then to Kapil Dev, followed by Vengsarkar, Srikkanth and Azharuddin. In the one Test he led India at Madras, he took them to victory, pocketing an interesting piece of trivia.

The glory moments

The World Championship of Cricket in 1985 marked a new chapter in India’s cricketing journey. Not only was it one of those rare televised tournaments in India, it also marked the start of one-day cricket as we know it today – with coloured clothes and under floodlights. India were also in with a mission to prove that their 1983 World Cup win was no fluke. Ravi Shastri maintained his top form throughout, both with ball and as an opener and helped India win each of their matches en route the trophy. The Audi, a Man of the Series prize was his.

Another defining moment came in the domestic circuit, against poor Tilak Raj of Baroda. In one of those instances of breaking out of his perceived defensive mould, Shastri launched an offence that culminated in six sixes in an over – a record achieved by only three others in the world till date.

Commentary days

If one skims through any of India’s recent cricketing footage, Shastri’s booming voice would stand out. With a bunch of one-liners, repeated with regularity, he’s carved out a niche for himself behind the mic as he calls out the game. He took to commentary soon after retirement, and found his rise coincide with India’s economy getting globalized. With new players stepping into the broadcasting scene, his command over English and the ability to articulate, made him a much sought after entity in the box and in the analyst’s chair.

Take India’s big moments, the 2011 World Cup winning hit, Sreesanth’s catch in the 2007 World T20, Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes, it’s his voice that’ll blare through the screens.



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