Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri, popularly known as Ravi Shastri, is an Indian former cricketer. He had limited talent but his hell-bent determination saw him scoring more than 3000 runs in both forms of the game topping up with 11 centuries in Test cricket. Shastri was just 18 when he made his Test debut against New Zealand but took three wickets in four balls with his left-arm spin. In 1984-85, Shastri was jeered by the Calcutta crowd for batting slowly as he hit a 325-ball Test hundred but a week later, playing for Bombay, smashed Baroda's left-arm spinner Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over.
Shastri's finest hour came when he was named Champion of Champions in 1985 as India beat Pakistan in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia. Shastri captained India only in one Test - against the West Indies at Chepauk in 1988. India won that Test by 255 runs with debutant Narendra Hirwani taking eight wickets in each innings. Shastri was Shane Warne's first wicket in Test cricket but not before he had hit 206 runs in Sydney on the 1991-92 tour. Considered a shrewd strategist with an attitude of an Australian, Shastri is now a successful TV commentator.
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