Ravi Shastri turns 58: Vintage photos of Team India's coach during younger days

Updated: May 27, 2020, 10:14 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    At age 17 years and 292 days, Ravi Shastri was the youngest cricketer to play for Bombay at one time

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    Ravi Shastri was born in Mumbai (Bombay in 1962) and studied at Don Bosco High School, Matunga. Ravi Shastri reading a mid-day Tuesday edition. Photo/ Gopal Shetty

     

     

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    Ravi Shastri first began his career as a left-arm spinner, but later went on to become an all-rounder batsman

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    Ravi Shastri was famously known for his trademark cricketing stroke which was called the 'chapati' shot. The stroke was a leg-side flick off the pads that became a Shashtri special. Although Ravi Shastri was a defensive batsman, he had the ability to accelerate his innings and improve his strike rate when required

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    Ravi Shastri's career highlight remains being declared the Champion of Champions in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985

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    Ravi Shastri was part of the 1983 World Cup winning squad led by Kapil Dev in England. Ravi Shastri during the Australia tour in 1985-86. Photo/ Gopal Shetty

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    Ravi Shastri played for the Mumbai cricket team in the Ranji Trophy for many years but it was only in his final year of playing where he led the team to the title

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    After Sir Garfield Sobers of West Indies, Ravi Shastri was the second batsman to smash six sixes in one over

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    Ravi Shastri, who bowled as a left arm spin bowler, scalped 151 wickets in 80 Tests

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    Ravi Shastri drives off Pat Pockock for two runs during the India vs England Test. Photo/ KJ

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    As a batsman, Ravi Shastri played either as an opening batsman and also in the middle order. In his 80 Tests, Shastri scored 3830 runs at an average of over 35 runs per inning. Photo / Pradeep Mandhani

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    Ravi Shastri temporarily coached Team India during the 2007 tour to Bangladesh. Ravi Shastri was elected coach of the Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli on 17 July 2017

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    Ravi Shastri lifts Pat Pockok over the top during India vs England Test. Photo/ Gopal photos

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    Ravi Shastri with Sandeep Patil back in the day. The two cricketers were one of the finest in the Indian cricket team during their time. Both, Shastri and Patil were also flamboyant cricketers

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    In picture: Mohammad Azharuddin, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri during a meeting. Photo/ Keyen D'souza

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About The Gallery

Cricketer-turned-coach As Ravi Shastri celebrates his birthday today. For the position of Team India coach, Ravi Shastri was selected from a list of six candidates, which included Mike Hesson, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput and Tom Moody. We go back in time to take a look at his early days in cricket before he became a coach.