Ravi Shastri was born on 27-05-1962 in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, India. He is a Cricket Player, Cricket Commentator and the head coach of the Indian cricket team. The flamboyant former cricketer. Right from the beginning of his career, Shastri has managed to stay in the limelight.
Ravi Shastri was born in a Mangalorean family where education was given utmost importance, as his father himself was a Doctor. He started playing cricket at his school Don Bosco High School, Matunga and even captained his school team in the Giles Shield trophy. It was in the year 1977 that as a leader he led his school team to life the Giles Shield trophy for the first time ever. The famous coach BD Desai then coached him.
After matriculation, he enrolled at the RA Podar College and during his second year of the junior college, he got a sweet surprise, when he got selected to play in the Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra. He was just 17 years old then.
He was then selected in the India U-19 team for the 1980-81 seasons. He finally got a national call-up at the age of 19 when England toured India in 1981. Unfortunately, the tour was cancelled. Shastri couldn’t do any magic with the bat during his initial Ranji seasons, but he made notable bowling scores. It was during Ranji Trophy 1984-85 that Shastri displayed his immense talent and helped his team win the title. The tournament was all the more special as Shastri established himself as a fine all-rounder. He continued scoring more and more runs and establishing himself as a batsman in the next few years. From 1987 to 1991, Shastri played for the County Club Glamorgan. In 1981, Shastri made his Test debut against New Zealand. He started his career as a 10th position batsman but soon moved up to the position of an opening batsman. The year 1984 was a special year for Shastri. He displayed immense class when India toured Pakistan. Shastri led the Under-25 team to a stunning win against the touring England team.
He also found a lot of success as an opening one-day batsman. Shastri also opened two matches of the 1983 World Cup and successfully led India in the World Series in Australia in 1985. Since then till his retirement, his place was fixed on the side. Though throughout his career, he was criticised for his approach towards the game and was even labelled a selfish cricketer and that his place in the team is just because of Sunil Gavaskar.
He was at his best against the Australia against whom he averages 77.75 and his Test highest score of 206 also came against the same opposition. He has batted from number 1 to number 10. He played his last international match for India when India toured South Africa in 1992. He was just 30 years of age then.
Since retirement, he has turned commentator and has literally ruled the commentary box. Besides commentating, he has also served as the coach of India team for a brief period and has also been team’s director for 2 years.