When we hear these words we think of only one man, the man who was present in the commentary box at almost every important moment of Indian Cricket.
You got it right! Ravi Shastri – The Man of Big Moments
Shastri as a cricketer had a career of mixed patches. Starting his career as a left arm spin bowler, he concluded his relationship with 22 yards as a batting all-rounder.
With 11 test hundreds and 4 ODI centuries, Shastri can be definitely considered as a good batsman.
The fact is weird but Ravi has batted in every position possible in the match.
From batting at No.11 to opening the innings due to the way he batted and held the innings, he has the experience of everything. He was known for his “Chapati Shot”.
He delivered many stellar performances while bowling as he has 151 wickets in his 80 test matches and 109 wickets in 150 ODI Matches.
With his all-round performance he gained importance in the team, but however injuries struck him and he had to retire in the year 1992.
From The Commentary Box
Children of today’s generation or fans of cricket who were born after 2000 know Ravi Shastri more as a commentator than as a player. Hearing Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box along with Harsha Bhogle was a dream of every cricket fan.
Talking about Ravi in the commentary box, he was always brilliant with his statements and was technically as good as Gavaskar.
The commentary was never boring when Ravi was with the mike.
You may think of all the big moments of the modern Indian Cricket and you will find Ravi Shastri in the commentators box most of the time.
2007 T20 World Cup Final, the test match after which India gained the Number 1 test spot in 2009, the epic finale of the 2011 World Cup and the list goes on…
Ravi Shastri has always added that extra sweetness required in the important and memorable victories of Team India.
Coach of the National Team
Ravi once coached the team in 2007 Bangladesh Tour but his designated position was Cricket Manager. He took over the position of the coach of the national side in 2017 after Anil Kumble.
His relation with the players and the captain Virat Kohli has been a brilliant one.
Team India experienced success even on foreign soil under his guidance and coaching.
Defeating Australia in Australia and returning home without losing a single series out of the three played is definitely a milestone for Indian Cricket and Ravi Shastri.
The Biggest Challenge
After the semi-final exit in the 2015 edition, all eyes are set on the 2019 Cricket World Cup which will commence in a few days.
It is going to be a hard job for Shastri and captain Kohli to pick the correct playing 11 which will perform and give results.
Ravi has a brilliant set of players under him who are all match winners. His job is to guide them and take them on the right path which he is doing brilliantly.
Even if India wins the World Cup under his coaching he will have to undergo the whole process of selection if he wants to take that position again. His contract is going to end after the World Cup.
May you have all the success Ravi!