Ravi Shastri
Indian cricketer
Ravi Shastri
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri is a former Indian cricketer and captain. He was an all–rounder who batted right-handed and bowled left arm spin. His international career started when he was 18 years old and lasted for 12 years. He started his career purely as a bowler but gradually became more of a batsman who could bowl. Shastri's family originally came from Mangalore in Karnataka but he was born and brought up in Bombay.
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Ravi Shastri reveals he was 'disappointed and not surprised' over India cricket coach snub
Yahoo News - 8 months
Former cricketer Ravi Shastri has revealed that he is disappointed at not being chosen as Team India's new coach calling the decision "disappointing but not surprising". Shastri, who was appointed as team director in 20140, oversaw the country's most famous series win when they thrashed the then number one ranked South Africa 3-0. The 53-year-old was thought of as the favourite to be appointed but the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, opted to appoint another legend, Anil Kumble, as the new head coach.
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India cricket team players want Ravi Shastri back at the helm
Yahoo News - 11 months
Some of the senior Indian players have requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that Ravi Shastri continue to be in charge of the team. Shastri’s contract as Team Director was till the end of the World T20, but it could come up for renewal now that the players have thrown their support behind him. It’s learnt that the players have liked the “positivity” and “aggression” that Shastri brings to the team.
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Quantity for quality: Ravi Shastri
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Hopping from one city to another in a massive country like Australia, through different time zones and temperatures, can exhaust the players. Different time zones, especially, have affected them, and many have casually remarked that they have been struggling to catch up sleep. From Perth, they travelled 3,600-odd kilometres to Brisbane, before they covered more than 1,600km to Melbourne.
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Current cricketer Dhawal Kulkarni part of India’s backroom staff at World Cup
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Dhawal Kulkarni’s name figures alongside the likes of head coach Duncan Fletcher and team director Ravi Shastri on the board that lists the backroom staff of the Indian side.
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'Srini may have had hand in probe panel'
The Times Of India - over 3 years
HC held that the BCCI failed to show why Ravi Shastri or Arun Jaitley, members of IPL Code of Behavior Committee, could not be part of the inquiry panel.     
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Breaking news: Chuck de India
The Times of India - almost 5 years
I’m not a big fan of Ravi Shastri’s highly-predictable and ear-numbing commentary. But he came up with a gem the other day when someone asked if he had had a faster delivery. “Sadly, I was not born with any deformity,” he said. Or something to that effect. Which brings up the topic of suspect actions saga. I have a simple suggestion for the IPL lawmakers of the game. Let players with suspect action continue to show their silken skills. And make IPL open only to..
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From '14, chairman to be boss
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
Former Indian captain Ravi Shastri has been re-appointed for a second three-year term representing the media in the Chief Executives' Committee.
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England would have lost test series too had there been one: Ravi Shastri
Yahoo News - over 5 years
Kolkata, Oct 28 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer <a class="fplink fp-656230" href="/ravi+shastri">Ravi Shastri</a> has made light of England's poor display in the recent one-day international series in India, saying that the hosts would have pounded them just as badly had there been a Test series as well.
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Indian cricket team come to Cardiff - wales.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
While the Indian team take in their new surroundings they will no doubt be able to call upon advice from Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, both Indian test cricketers who also played for Glamorgan. Their current coach, Duncan Fletcher, will also feel at
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Humble England players impress all - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
Ravi Shastri, the MC, got down to business straightaway and all that he asked of the officials was to read out names of winners and then look at the big screen as video messages were played out. In one such message, Kumar Sangakkara made a rather
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It's time Harbhajan is shown the door and Ojha given his rightful due - Cricket Country
Google News - over 5 years
Ravi Shastri, Maninder Singh and Venkatpathy Raju weren&#39;t able to sustain their success for a long time, while the likes of Raghuram Bhat, Sunil Joshi, Nilesh Kulkarni, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sanghvi had very fleeting international careers
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Dravid continues to get a raw DRS deal - Mid-Day
Google News - over 5 years
And that perhaps caused Ravi Shastri to attack the system on air, yet again. The former skipper pointed out that it is for this reason BCCI didn&#39;t support DRS. Asad Rauf, a member of ICC&#39;s Elite Panel of Umpires, who attended a seminar of referees and
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Phil Hughes LBW: DRS Delivers Another Mistake? - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
The DRS was in question throughout the series between India and England, with even the senior commentators like Ravi Shastri and Nasser Hussain getting into a near-spat on television over it. In the ongoing first Test match between Sri Lanka and
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Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri surprised at India's abject surrender in England - Economic Times
Google News - over 5 years
LONDON: Former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shahstri have expressed their astonishment at the manner in which India capitulated in the just-concluded four-match Test series against England. Trailing 0-3, India surrendered meekly after brave
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The strange silence of Gavaskar and Shastri - ESPNcricinfo.com
Google News - over 5 years
When, some months ago, I first heard of this contest, I wondered if the two most famous former cricketers from the city, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, would support their old team-mate. They had played alongside Vengsarkar for many years,
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Sunil Gavaksar and Ravi Shastri must speak their minds: Tony Greig - Daily News & Analysis
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Are Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri right in signing contracts with BCCI? DNA tries to understand the issues of professional ethics and conflict of interest in the deal by discussing with noted ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ravi Shastri
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 53
    In June 2016, Shastri has applied for the job of coach of the Indian cricket team.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    In 2014, he became the director of Indian Cricket team for a period of eight months from India's tour of England till the World Cup 2016.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 45
    He was named the Celebrity Torchbearer for the Oman Leg of the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.
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    http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1160208 2008 also held great significance for Shastri as he became the father of Aleka at the age of 46.
    More Details Hide Details He temporarily coached the Indian cricket team for their 2007 Bangladesh tour.
    He and fellow commentator Sunil Gavaskar ended their long-term associations with ESPN-STAR Sports in April 2008 as they were contracted by the BCCI as commentators for the lucrative Indian Premier League which is being broadcast by rival network Sony Max.
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  • 2003
    Age 40
    In 2003, he collaborated in starting up Showdiff Worldwide, a celebrity management company.
    More Details Hide Details He has since served ICC and BCCI in temporary official capacities and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Some of his temporary shows, such as Super Spells, still run Star Sports and related channels.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 32
    He made his debut as a TV commentator with the World Masters Tournament in Mumbai in March 1995.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 27
    In late 1990, Shastri married Ritu Singh.
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  • 1988
    Age 25
    Shastri won the leading six hitter award for the Sunday league matches of 1988 with 14 sixes.
    More Details Hide Details He was part of the MCC team that played a Rest of the World team in the MCC bicentennial match at Lord's in 1987. India lost the final Test at Bangalore to lose the 1986–87 series against Pakistan. Kapil Dev was widely cricticised in the media for his captaincy. The selectors retained him as captain in the Reliance World Cup at the beginning of the 1987–88 season. Shastri failed with the bat in the Reliance Cup but formed a successful bowling partnership with Maninder Singh, another left arm spinner. India topped its group but went down to England in the semifinal. Kapil Dev received more cricticisms for skying a catch to deep midwicket when a win was still a possibility. About this time, Vengsarkar emerged as the strongest candidate to take over from Kapil. He had had a dream run with the bat, starting from the series in England in 1986. In 1987, the newly established Deloitte ratings (the forerunner of the current LG ratings) ranked him the best batsman in the world. The Indian selectors have conventionally leaned towards making the best player of the team the captain. So before the home series against West Indies, Kapil was sacked and Vengsarkar was made the Indian captain.
    His best bowling performance of 7 for 49 (11 for 90) in the match came against Lancashire in 1988, where he got bounce and turn and was 'unplayable' according to Wisden.
    More Details Hide Details The almanack noticed that Shastri was already becoming reluctant to bowl. 1988 was by far the best of the seasons for Glamorgan in one day matches. They finished 5th in the Sunday League – up from 14 in 1987 – and reached the semifinal of the Benson & Hedges Cup.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    In 1987, Glamorgan contracted Shastri to play for them.
    More Details Hide Details He stayed with them until 1991, with a break in 1990 due to India's tour of England. Shastri's presence did little for the fortunes of the county which finished at the bottom of the first class table in two of those seasons. Shastri topped 1000 runs in 1989 and scored hundreds in both innings against Middlesex.
    In early 1987, he presented a 15-minute coaching series which went by the name 'That's Cricket'.
    More Details Hide Details This was aired on the national channel Doordarshan on Sunday mornings. There were even rumours of an involvement with actress Amrita Singh.
  • 1985
    Age 22
    After the tour of Australia in 1985–86, he also began to decline as a bowler.
    More Details Hide Details Bombay lost to Haryana in the semifinal of the Ranji trophy but West Zone won the Duleep Trophy. His major contribution was as a bowler in the semifinal against North Zone on a flat wicket at Trivandrum. Like in the Ranji final, North looked the likely winner going into the last day, before he took 8 for 145. Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan toured India in 1986–87. Shastri played a crucial role in the Tied Test at Madras against Australia, scoring 62 and 48*. When Indian middle order collapsed and India fell behind the run rate, his two sixes in quick succession off off–spinner Greg Matthews came in handy. In the final Test at Bombay he scored 121*. As was becoming increasingly common, it was played in first and fourth gear. He hung around for around 30 minutes for the last run for his fifty and twice as long in the nineties. Yet he hit six sixes, three of which came after he completed his hundred. The huge six off left arm fast bowler Bruce Reid – a cross batted heave that went over longon – was particularly memorable. Six sixes in an innings was an Indian record at the time. But he was outshone by Dilip Vengsarkar who scored 164* in the same innings. They added a record 298* for the sixth wicket.
    Shastri continued as vice captain to Kapil Dev in the 1985–86 season.
    More Details Hide Details This season and the England tour of 1986 were ordinary ones for him.
    The highlight of his career was when he was elected Champion of Champions in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details In the same season, he equalled 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. In domestic cricket, he played for Bombay and led them to the Ranji Trophy title in his final year of playing. He also played four seasons of county cricket for Glamorgan. He was forced to retire aged 31 due to a recurring knee injury. He now does commentary on behalf of BCCI in the matches that India plays.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Except for a few series in Pakistan and the 1983 World Cup final, the World Championship of Cricket in Australia was the first time overseas cricket matches were shown live in India.
    More Details Hide Details The WCC saw India win every match convincingly. The WCC was conceived as a celebration of the 150th year of the formation of Victoria, but the finalists turned out to be India and Pakistan. Shastri had a slow start to the tournament but finished with fifties in the last three matches. Srikkanth too scored three fifties and India posted century opening stands against Australia and in the final. India went in with two spinners for every match. It helped that all the matches were played at Melbourne and Sydney which have turning tracks and long boundaries. Sivaramakrishnan and Shastri claimed 18 wickets between them in five matches. For his 182 runs and 8 wickets, Shastri was chosen as the man of the series which in this tournament was called 'The Champion of Champions'. He won an Audi 100 car for his efforts. By the special order of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Indian customs waived the heavy duty its import would have normally entailed.
    Shastri had stood in for Gavaskar and opened with Srikkanth in two matches of the 1983 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details The third time that they opened was at Cuttack and they set a world record of 188 for the first wicket. Later in the season, this partnership was to form the foundation for the Indian triumph in the WCC in Australia. Shastri's success continued in Test matches against England. In the Bombay Test his 235 run stand with wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani led to victory for India. His 142 improved upon the 139 at Faisalabad as his highest score. In the third Test at Calcutta, Shastri made 111 in 357 balls and 455 minutes, though his innings was heavily interrupted by rain. With Mohammad Azharuddin he added 214 for the fifth wicket, another Indian record. When India started the second innings late in the final day, he was sent in to open, thus becoming one of the few batsmen to bat on all five days of a Test.
    Shastri was not selected to play in most of the important matches in the 1983 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details In the series against the West Indies later that year, he again distinguished himself with his bold effort in batting against the domineering West Indian pace bowlers. In October 1984, India toured Pakistan for the third time in six years. The Lahore Test saw India collapse to 156 against Pakistan's 428, and follow on. India went into the last day trailing by 92 with six wickets in hand but were saved by a fifth wicket partnership of 126 between Shastri and Mohinder Amarnath. Shastri scored 71, while Amarnath made 101*. Shastri was even more successful in the next Test at Faisalabad, where he scored 139 and shared a stand of 200 with Sandip Patil. The last Test and the remainder of the tour were cancelled because of the assassination of Indira Gandhi. There were already signals that Shastri was being groomed as a future captain. Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was coming to the end of his career and Kapil Dev, who had led India in the previous season, was expected to succeed him. Shastri appeared to be the next in line. He led the Young India side to Zimbabwe in early 1984. Against the touring English side in November, he led the India Under–25 to an innings win - the first defeat of England in a tour match in India for fifty years.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 19
    It was the failure of the regular openers Pranab Roy and Ghulam Parkar that led to Shastri being made to open at the Oval against England in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He distinguished himself by scoring 66 runs in that match. An injury in the webbing of his hand ruled him out of four of the Tests to be played in Pakistan. Forced again to open in the final Test at Karachi, against the fast bowling of Imran Khan (then at the peak of his career), he scored his first Test hundred. He later made another hundred against the West Indies in Antigua. Indian Cricket was impressed enough to suggest that, given time, he could become one of the best batsmen in the Indian team.
  • 1981
    Age 18
    However, his figures of 9-101 in the season-opening 1981 Irani Trophy stood as a tournament record for nearly twenty years.
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  • 1979
    Age 16
    His only notable achievement in his first two Ranji seasons were bowling figures of 6-61, which he took against Delhi in the 1979–80 Ranji final that Bombay lost.
    More Details Hide Details While he was playing against Uttar Pradesh at Kanpur in the next season, he was called up to the squad touring New Zealand to stand in for the injured left arm spinner Dilip Doshi. Shastri arrived in Wellington the night before the first Test. His first over in Test cricket was a maiden to the New Zealand captain Geoff Howarth. In the second innings, he took 3 wickets in four balls, all to catches by Dilip Vengsarkar, to bring a quick close to the New Zealand innings. In the third Test, his seven wickets won him the man of the match award, while his 15 wickets in the series were the highest for either side. Within eighteen months of his Test debut, Shastri had moved up from tenth position in the batting order to being an opening batsman. "His calm, sensible batting lower in the order", wrote Wisden, commenting on his first series, "raised promise of his developing into a useful all-rounder, and his fielding too was an asset". By the end of his career, he had batted in every position from one to ten. By his own admission, he ignored his bowling in favour of his batting. This was reflected in his performances.
  • 1977
    Age 14
    The next year, under Shastri's captaincy, Don Bosco won the Giles Shield in 1977, the first time in the history of that school.
    More Details Hide Details At school, his coach was B.D. Desai, once a Tatas and Dadar Union player. While Don Bosco was not traditionally a major force in schools cricket, the R.A. Podar College, where Shastri later studied commerce, produced many good cricketers. Vasant Amladi and, in particular, VS "Marshall" Patil, were integral figures in Shastri's development as a cricketer. In his last year at the junior college, he was selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji trophy. At 17 years and 292 days, he was then the youngest cricketer to play for Bombay. An Indian under–19 team was scheduled to tour Pakistan in 1980–81. Shastri was included in the coaching camp at the last minute by the National Coach Hemu Adhikari. Shastri captained one of the two teams in a trial game and was then asked to lead the Indian Under-19 team. The tour, however, was cancelled. The team later went to Sri Lanka, but the games were frequently interrupted by rain.
  • 1976
    Age 13
    Ravi Shastri born in Bombay and studied at Don Bosco High School, Matunga. As a teenager, he took to cricket seriously. Playing for Don Bosco (Matunga), Shastri reached the final of the 1976 inter-school Giles Shield, finally losing to St Mary's, whose lineup included two future Ranji players, Shishir Hattangadi and Jignesh Sanghani.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on May 27, 1962.
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