57 Facts About Ravi Shastri

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Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri was born on 27 May 1962 and is the former head coach of the India national cricket team, a cricket commentator and former captain of Indian Cricket Team.

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Ravi Shastri played either as an opening batsman or in the middle order.

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Ravi Shastri 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.

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4.

Ravi Shastri played four seasons of county cricket for Glamorgan.

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5.

Ravi Shastri was forced to retire aged 31 due to a recurring knee injury.

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6.

Ravi Shastri has done commentary on behalf of BCCI in the matches that India play.

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Ravi Shastri is of Marathi-Mangalorean descent, was born in Bombay and studied at Don Bosco High School.

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8.

Ravi Shastri was included in the coaching camp at the last minute by the National Coach Hemu Adhikari.

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Ravi Shastri captained one of the two teams in a trial game and was then asked to lead the Indian Under-19 team.

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10.

Ravi Shastri arrived in Wellington the night before the first Test.

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11.

Ravi Shastri's first over in Test cricket was a maiden to the New Zealand captain Geoff Howarth.

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12.

Ravi Shastri made 29 before he was bowled attempting to cut an arm–ball.

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13.

Ravi Shastri top scored with 76 as Bombay set Delhi 300 to win in a day and ninety minutes.

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Ravi Shastri scored hundreds in the quarterfinal and semifinal of the Duleep trophy, but West Zone lost to South on first innings lead in the latter match.

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15.

Ravi Shastri's only other score over fifty in the season was a particularly dull 125 against Pakistan in the Jaipur Test.

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16.

Ravi Shastri did well enough to be the man of the one day series.

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17.

Ravi Shastri took four wickets at Calcutta and 69* at Hyderabad in two thrilling finishes.

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18.

Ravi Shastri stayed with them until 1991, with a break in 1990 due to India's tour of England.

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19.

Ravi 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.

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20.

Ravi Shastri topped 1000 runs in 1989 and scored hundreds in both innings against Middlesex.

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21.

Ravi Shastri won the leading six hitter award for the Sunday league matches of 1988 with 14 sixes.

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22.

Ravi Shastri was part of the MCC team that played a Rest of the World team in the MCC bicentennial match at Lord's in 1987.

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23.

Ravi Shastri scored 612 runs in the season and took 17 wickets at 15.

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24.

Ravi Shastri distinguished himself by scoring 66 runs in that match.

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25.

Ravi Shastri later made another hundred against the West Indies in Antigua.

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26.

Ravi Shastri was not selected to play in most of the important matches in the 1983 World Cup.

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27.

Ravi Shastri was even more successful in the next Test at Faisalabad, where he scored 139 and shared a stand of 200 with Sandeep Patil.

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28.

Ravi Shastri led the Young India side to Zimbabwe in early 1984.

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29.

Around this time, Ravi Shastri began to open the innings regularly in one day games.

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30.

Ravi Shastri had stood in for Gavaskar and opened with Srikkanth in two matches of the 1983 World Cup.

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31.

Ravi Shastri's 142 improved upon the 139 at Faisalabad as his highest score.

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32.

Ravi Shastri set another record for Bombay against Baroda in a West Zone Ranji match.

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33.

Ravi Shastri had a slow start to the tournament but finished with fifties in the last three matches.

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34.

Ravi Shastri played a crucial role in the Tied Test at Madras against Australia, scoring 62 and 48*.

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35.

Ravi Shastri hung around for around 30 minutes for the last run for his fifty and twice as long in the nineties.

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36.

Ravi Shastri failed with the bat in the Reliance Cup but formed a successful bowling partnership with Maninder Singh, another left arm spinner.

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37.

Ravi Shastri had had a dream run with the bat, starting from the series in England in 1986.

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38.

Vengsarkar had his left arm fractured in the third Test and Ravi Shastri captained India for the only time in his Test career.

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39.

Batting at No 3, Ravi Shastri was last out for a courageous 107 out of 251 all out.

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40.

Ravi Shastri was recalled for the tour to England that summer as the vice-captain.

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41.

Ravi Shastri carried his bat for 101* against the same opponents in a one-day match a week later, reaching the hundred with a two off the last ball.

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42.

Ravi Shastri took 5 wickets for 15 runs against Australia in an early match in the World Series Cup.

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43.

Ravi Shastri was dropped in the sixties by the Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne, who was making his debut, off his own bowling.

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44.

Ravi Shastri finally fell to a tired shot at Warne after nine and a half hours, scoring 206 with 17 fours and the two sixes, thus becoming Warne's first Test wicket.

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45.

Ravi Shastri was little more than a part-time bowler by this time.

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46.

Ravi Shastri took four wickets in the second innings and Australia just about beat the clock to draw the match.

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47.

Ravi Shastri missed the remaining two Test matches, both of which India lost.

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48.

Ravi Shastri took 67 balls for his 25; India went on to lose by one run.

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49.

Ravi Shastri was blamed for the defeat and dropped from the remaining matches of the tournament.

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50.

Ravi Shastri opened in all four Tests and struggled to score runs.

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51.

Ravi Shastri had batted down the order in the one day matches of this series.

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52.

Ravi Shastri made his debut as a TV commentator with the World Masters Tournament in Mumbai in March 1995.

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53.

Ravi Shastri has since served ICC and BCCI in temporary official capacities and as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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54.

Ravi Shastri temporarily coached the Indian cricket team for their 2007 Bangladesh tour.

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55.

Ravi Shastri was named the Celebrity Torchbearer for the Oman Leg of the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay.

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56.

In November 2021 Ravi Shastri, retired from being the coach of Indian National Cricket Team and joined Legends League Cricket, as the Commissioner of the League.

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57.

Ravi Shastri's character was portrayed by Gautam Gulati in the film.

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