Indian National Cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri is celebrating his 57th birthday today. Shastri will be eyeing his best birthday gift as India embark on the World Cup journey on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.
One of the finest India all-rounders, Ravi Shastri, has served Indian cricket for over a decade. As a stubborn opening or middle-order batsman; as a left-arm spinner who was an integral part of the attack; and as long-time deputy to a couple of captains, Shastri has helped India cricket in every way possible. The tall and lanky all-rounder made his Test debut in 1981 after piling on runs for Mumbai in domestic cricket.
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Ravi Shastri played a crucial role in the 1983 World Cup winning campaign and was a part of the 1985 World Championship of Cricket winning Indian teams. He also won the player of the tournament award in the World Championship. However, his career came to an end in 1992 due toh several injuries on his knee.
Since his retirement, Ravi Shastri donned the hat of a commentator before taking up the role of a director of the Indian team in 2014 and continued in the position till 2016. He joined the Indian team in the capacity of a head coach after Anil Kumble stepped down. Currently ranked one and two in Tests and ODIs respectively, Shastri will look to bring the third World Cup trophy home.
Meanwhile, since the clock ticked 12, wishes started pouring in for Ravi Shastri on his social media sites. However, it was from the former and the current cricketers which stood out. From India skipper, Virat Kohli to legend Sachin Tendulkar to former Aussie cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones; everybody took the opportunity to wish Shastri.
A friend, mentor and above all a fantastic human being.
Happy birthday Ravi Bhai. @RaviShastriOfc
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 27, 2019
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 27, 2019
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2019
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) May 27, 2019
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) May 27, 2019
Happy Birthday, @RaviShastriOfc Ravi Bhai, it has been a lovely journey together. Have a great day and party hard! Because that's exactly what the doctor ordered. 😉 ???
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 27, 2019
@RaviShastriOfc have a great day Ravi! Happy Birthday bud. ??
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) May 27, 2019