Happy Birthday To The Voice of Indian Cricket – Ravi Shastri
“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the ground. India lifts the world cup after 28 years. And it’s an Indian Captian, who’s been absolutely magnificent in the night of the finals.”– That night, the last six, this voice no one can ever dare to forget?
He is known to have used a cliche of words every time for every commentary. Either with his MIC on he says a long ‘NAMASTEEEEE’ or rather speaking on how the ball is ‘tracing like a bullet’. But there is something about that voice that always gives one goosebump.
Ravi Shastri might not have cut a dashing figure on the field, as he pushed and prodded and grafted his way for runs and his bowling was little more than defensive, as he pegged away on a good length without much variation. Of batsman who have played just ten Test innings against Australia, only Eddie Paynter averages more than Shastri’s 77.75.
He was like Navjot Sidhu in reverse: he started off as a lower-order hitter, but ended up as the original stonewaller at the top of the order. Shastri took everything into his stride and has played in all positions from the top of the order to the middle order and also chipped in with useful spin bowling to become an integral part of the team.
But no one could deny his immense value to the side, his commitment to the team’s cause and his consistency had to be admired. He very rarely let his country down and was an excellent utility cricketer in the one-day game, good enough to win the coveted Champions of Champions title. Despite his image as a cricketer with a defensive outlook, Shastri could really have a go at the bowling – as he did while equalling Gary Sobers’ world record of six sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy game in January 1985.
A deep thinker and a shrewd strategist, he led India to victory in the one Test he captained – against West Indies at Madras in 1987-88.
Shastri played his last match for India at the age of 30. Known as the glamour man of India cricket during his playing days, he remained in the showbiz after his retirement. He is a known face in the commentary world often despite being a part of the team in many Indian matches. He also served as the temporary coach of the Indian team for the tour of Bangladesh following the resignation of Greg Chappel from the post after the 2007 WC fiasco.
Shastri is also a part of the governing council of the Indian Premier League.
He was the man behind the commentary when India won 2011 World Cup, India won 2007 WT20, Sachin ODI 200, Yuvraj six 6’s. So, on his Birthday let’s have a look on his words that go over and over!
Before the match starts-
- And the news from the centre is..
- The atmosphere is electrifying
- The odd ball will keep low
- If India want to win here, they will need to play well
When a batsman is playing well-
- That’s gone like a tracer bullet
- He’s dealing in boundaries here
- Will do his confidence a world of good
- He’s thrown the kitchen sink at it.
- No half-measures here
- He’s flashed and flashed hard
- He’s taken the aerial route
- He’s no mug with the bat
When a wicket goes down-
- Edged and taken
- The finger has gone up
- He has this habit of taking wickets
- That’s just what the doctor ordered
When the match is at the middle or closing stages-
- At this stage all three results are possible
- This will go down to the wire
- This is a pressure cooker situation
- I sense something’s gonna give
- In the end cricket was the winner
Ravi Shastri is the highest paid commentator and one of the shrewdest cricketing minds ever. Though we all know he has an habit of repeating the same things again and again, we have to admit that every great & historic moment in Indian cricket in the past two decades has been with his voice in the background.
He sounds cliche a lot of times but every time when he comes to give commentary, we feel that something never happened before is going to happen.
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