Born on 27th May 1962, Ravi Shastri’s full name is Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri. He is a former commentator, cricketer and current head coach of India’s national cricket team. Ravi Shastri was yet another talent who emerged from the city of Mumbai and went on to make a big name for himself.
Cricketer Ravi Shastri was an integral part of the national team between 1981 and 1992, in Tests and ODIs. He acted as the deputy to two Indian captains during his tenure in the Indian cricket team and could bat in the top and middle-order besides being a spinner.
Ravi Shastri will celebrate his 58th birthday on 27th May. He was well-known for his trademark "chapati shot". His good looks and strong personality earned him the title of poster boy of the Indian cricket team. Though the former all-rounder played his last game and took early retirement at the age of 30 due to a recurring knee injury, he continues to be an eminent figure in the cricket fraternity and among the fans with his involvement in various areas of the game.
On the occasion of Ravi Shastri’s birthday, let us tell you some unknown facts and information about him-
Ravi Shastri’s Education
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Ravi Shastri is of Mangalorean descent. He completed his schooling at Don Bosco School in Matunga and went on to complete his degree in commerce at Matunga’s R.A. Podar College.
Ravi Shastri’s Cricket Career
An interesting fact about Ravi Shastri is that he became passionate about cricket when he was just 14 years old. A popular name in the cricket fraternity, he is a bowler turned batsman! Cricketer Ravi Shastri took up batting only after 18 months of his Test debut. He began his career at the age of 17 and was still in college when an emergency message from the Indian team in New Zealand saw him being flown to the country. He was an injury replacement to Dilip Joshi and went on to make a memorable debut taking six wickets in the test. Cricketer Ravi Shastri also became the youngest Indian cricketer to represent his team in the Ranji trophy. He started as a no.10 batsman at the beginning of his international cricket career. But with his impeccable batting prowess, Cricketer Ravi Shastri went on to open the innings for India within two years. Ravi Shastri’s cricket career was impressive and inspiring. He had an outstanding record against some of the powerful bowling attacks of his time. He averaged 39.69 with seven centuries against Australia, England, Pakistan and the West Indies. As an opener, his average shoots up to 56.45 with four centuries. In Ravi Shastri’s cricket career, he played a total of 80 Tests and scored 3830 runs at 35.79, including 11 centuries and 12 fifties. His highest score was 206, scored against Australia. In the 150 ODIs that Ravi Shastri played, he scored 3108 runs at 29.04 with four centuries and 18 fifties. He was the record-holder for the fastest double-century in first-class cricket (in minutes) for over three decades. He took just 113 minutes to reach the landmark while playing in the Ranji Trophy match Mumbai against Baroda
Cricketer Ravi Shastri - The Champions Of Champions
In the 1985 Cricket World Championship in Australia, Ravi Shastri became one of the leading voices of cricket in India and was voted as ‘The Champions of Champions’. The cricketer was also given an Audi 100 sedan that he still takes out for a drive on Sundays.
Ravi Shastri’s Career As A Commentator
Cricketer Ravi Shastri made his debut as a TV commentator with the World Masters Tournament in Mumbai in March 1995. A lesser-known fact about Ravi Shastri is that he is the only Indian cricketer after The legendary Sachin Tendulkar to be named the National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Ravi Shastri’s Career As A Coach
With coach Ravi Shastri at the helm, the Indian cricket team has seen many historic firsts. They secured a maiden Test series win in Australia, won the first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia and South Africa among others.
Ravi Shastri’s Family
The sports blood runs in Ravi Shastri’s family! His cousin sister Mridula is also a talented swimmer who has represented India in international swimming competitions and water polo.
Ravi Shastri’s Other Endeavours
Unknown to many, Ravi Shastri was the celebrity torchbearer during the Olympic Torch Relay in Oman. He became the director of the Indian cricket team for a period of 18 months in 2014 from India’s tour of England till the World T20 2016. He calls this period the most memorable phase of his life.
Ravi Shastri’s Personal Life
For a brief period of time, Ravi Shastri was also known as “Shaz” after he teamed up with Wasim Akram for a TV show titled ‘The Shaz & Waz Show.’ Standing tall at 6’3, cricketer and coach Ravi Shastri was infamously called the poster boy of Indian cricket. Rumour has it that Ravi Shastri and Amrita Singh were romantically involved. But the rumours died down when Singh tied the knot with the actor Saif Ali Khan. He married Ritu Singh, hailing from an army family, in 1990. Ravi Shastri’s wife is a doctor by profession and also a trained classical dancer. After 18 years of marriage, Ravi Shastri’s wife Ritu Singh and he welcomed their first child Aleka Shastri in 2008. He became a father at the age of 46!