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Ravi Shastri’s Transformation


From spin bowler to all-rounder, from cricket legend to coach – Ravi Shastri’s career has charted a unique path in Indian cricket. Here’s a look back at his life on his birthday.

1. Baby Steps into the big league
On February 15th, 1980 – a day after Valentine’s Day, Ravi Shastri made his break with his first love – cricket. A Ranji Trophy debut for the Mumbai team at age 17 years and 292 days – the youngest player to ever play for the team until a certain Sachin Tendulkar broke that record.



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2.Testing his mettle
Nearly a year to the day after his first Ranji Trophy appearance, Ravi Shastri made his Test Debut for India against New Zealand. He took three wickets in each innings and scored 22 runs with the bat – an admirable feat for a young lad no older than 19.



3. On English Shores
On July 8th, 1982, Ravi Shastri opened the innings for the first time in Test cricket. Scoring 66 and 0 in his two innings, against England at the Oval. Throughout his career, Ravi Shastri would play all the way up and down the order – from opening to coming in at nine wickets down – showcasing his astounding all-round abilities.



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4. Into the media box
After bringing a glittering career to a close in 1992, Ravi Shastri became a television commentator in 1995 – a job he did with aplomb. His insights into the way a player prepares for a game, to the way captains switch tactics and his eloquent English were huge assets to any commentary team.

‘Dum Maaro Dum’


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5. Back to English shores
Ravi Shastri became the director of the India tour of England on August 19th 2014 – marking the start of his career in coaching. In July of 2017, Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team till the 2019 World Cup. He aims to lead the nation to their third title in the tournament.

For the film


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With a career that spanned nearly a decade and then a venture into the commentary box and the
coach’s dugout, Ravi Shastri has sure made the most of his love for cricket. On the occasion of his
birthday, we wish him an evergreen life full of many titles together with the Indian cricket team.


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