Ravi Shastri Biography – Personal Life, Career, Facts, Awards, Records, Controversies, Wife, Net Worth

Ravi Shastri Biography
Ravi Shastri Biography
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Ravi Shastri Biography – An obdurate batsman in Indian cricketing history, Ravi Shastri has rendered his insigne life to the glory of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). An energetic personality with phenomenal talent, phlegmatic Shastri took a honed stride in his professional career and always emerged as a glittering cricketer and an astounding coach.

Ravi Shastri is a legendary Indian cricketer and former coach who represented the Indian team in the Test and ODI format. As a professional cricketer, Shastri was defensive in his approach but always innovated techniques to score runs. Shastri had an upright stance in his career and his overwhelming contribution to Indian cricket will forever be cherished.

Ravi Shastri Biography – Cricketing Career & Personal Life 

Ravi Shastri Family
Ravi Shastri Family

Ravi Shastri was born on 27th May 1962 in the Bombay metropolitan region in Maharashtra state. His father Jayadritha Shastri was a businessman whereas his mother was a homemaker. Shastri belongs to a Mangalorean family but he was born and brought up in Mumbai. Shastri did not have a sporting background other than his cousin who captained the swimming team.

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Ravi Shastri started playing cricket from his school days at the Don Bosco High School in Matunga. Shastri equipped the sport at a rapid pace and soon developed a keen interest in the game and practiced it as his passion. Shastri captained his school team at the Giles Shield Tournament in 1977 and this was the start of something very big in his career.

  • Age: 59 Years
  • Height: 6 ft
  • Weight: 80 kg
  • Alma Mater: RA Poddar College of Commerce, Mumbai
  • Coach: B.D Desai

Ravi Shastri Early Days

Ravi Shastri Early Days
Ravi Shastri Early Days

Shastri led his school team to victory at the Giles Shield tournament in 1977. His coach B.D Desai influenced him and he soon started advanced training. Shastri joined RA Poddar college and the highly strained cricketing culture at the college had propelled him to practice in the professional line. Shastri was selected in Mumbai’s U-19 team in the 1980-81 season.

Ravi Shastri Domestic Career

Ravi Shastri Domestic Career
Ravi Shastri Domestic Career

At the age of 17 when he was pursuing his studies in college, Shastri was called into Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team. At the initial phase of his career for Mumbai, Shastri didn’t impress the management but retained his spot owing to a fine display of bowling. The 1984-85 season of the Ranji Trophy was the turning point of his career as he established himself as an all-rounder.

In his notable career for Mumbai, Shastri has made a memorable contribution through his domestic career. Shastri represented the Mumbai team in 245 first-class matches and 278 List-A matches where he scored 13202 runs and 6383 runs respectively. He picked up 509 wickets in first-class and 254 wickets in List A matches.

Ravi Shastri had a diversified domestic career as he has represented several teams and cricket clubs. Shastri had a successful career for Mumbai along with a blissful performance for West Zone, India A, B, Blue, and a notable cricket club Glamorgan in England. Glamorgan signed Shastri for a brief period of 1987-1992.

Ravi Shastri International Career

Ravi Shastri International Career
Ravi Shastri International Career

Ravi Shastri made his debut for the Indian Test team against New Zealand in 1981. Shastri initially started his career as a No. 10 batsman but then moved up to the opening position. Shastri displayed his class and caliber at the Pakistan series in the 1984-85 series where he also portrayed his leadership skills and led the Indian U-25 team against England.

1983 World Cup

Ravi Shastri was an integral part of the Indian contingent for the ICC Cricket World Cup 1983 where Indians won their maiden title. Shastri opened the innings for India in a couple of matches at the start but was later demoted to the middle order. He had a fabulous campaign for India and played a valuable role in the final against West Indies.

World Championship of Cricket 1986

The introduction of the World Championship of Cricket led to a breakthrough for Shastri as he emerged as the Man of the Series in the prestigious tournament. Shastri scored 182 runs in the series and claimed 8 wickets. Shastri was also named the vice-captain of the team in a match against Pakistan at Sharjah.

Captaincy

The injury of the then captain of India Dilip Vengsarkar had initiated the hunt for a new captain as Sunil Gavaskar was also in inconsistent touch. The victorious World Championship campaign for Shastri led to his appointment as the captain of the Indian test team. Shastri led India to an embarrassing defeat and he wasn’t able to make a mark through his captaincy.

The Late years

The period from 1987 to 1990 was insignificant to Shastri. He failed to gather runs and was inconsistent with his bowling. This led to his irregular appearances in the Indian team aa Shastri struggled terribly. He returned with a comeback in the domestic circuit as he scored innumerable runs for the Mumbai team in the 1989-1990 season.

Comeback and Retirement

Shastri’s other breakthrough came against England at Oval. Shastri scored a brilliant knock of 187 runs in the second test match of the England tour. His significant touch continued at the Irani Trophy where he recorded a match-winning score of 217 runs. He continued to gather runs for the national as well as the domestic teams.

Shastri sustained a knee injury during the 1992 season. After continuous medical attention and rehabilitation, Shastri wasn’t able to recover from the brief injury. He finally decided to retire from all forms of cricket at the age of 30. Shastri has scored 3830 runs and claimed 151 wickets in 80 test matches whereas he scored 3108 runs and picked 129 wickets in his remarkable career for team India.

Ravi Shastri Wife

Ritu Singh

Ravi Shastri Wife
Ravi Shastri Wife

Ravi Shastri married Ritu Singh on 18th March 1990. The marriage was reportedly arranged by Ravi’s father. Ritu Singh is a doctor by profession and a trained classical dancer. The couple filed for Divorce in 2012 and the legal formalities were completed in 2012 at Bandra Family court. They have a daughter named Aleka Shastri who is currently under the custody of Ritu.

Ravi Shastri Net Worth

60 Crore

Ravi Shastri Net Worth
Ravi Shastri Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Ravi Shastri is Rs. 60 crores. The former cricketer earned a significant part of his income through his professional career in India. Shastri also double-folded his income while being a part of the BCCI’s commentary team and after he is appointed the head coach of the Indian national cricket team.

Ravi Shastri owns lucrative properties in the metropolitan region of Mumbai. He has two properties at cream areas including Worli and Churchgate. Shastri is not so fond of cars but has premium wheels in his garage that include Mercedes Benz GL, Ford Endeavour, and recently bought Lexus LC-350.

Ravi Shastri Controversies

Ravi Shastri Controversies
Ravi Shastri Controversies

Ravi Shastri has landed himself into controversies many times in his career. Here is the gist of his controversies:

  1. Sunil Gavaskar condemned the statement of Ravi Shastri when the latter mentioned that this is the best Indian team in 15-20 years.
  2. Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly are believed to share differences.
  3. Ravi Shastri was caught taking a nap at a match against South Africa in an ODI match at Ranchi.
  4. Ravi Shastri stirred controversy after he contracted Covid-19 after attending a book launch ceremony breaking the bubble protocols in England.
  5. Ravi Shastri and Kumble marked differences over the appointment of the former as head coach.

Ravi Shastri: The Commentator

Ravi Shastri commentary
Ravi Shastri commentary

Ravi Shastri made an entry in the world of commentary as a TV commentator at the Worlds Masters Tournament in 1995. Shastri has worked with various companies in his commentating career including BCCI, Sony Sports, Star Sports, ESPN, and Neo. Shastri was contracted as a commentator for the inaugural season of IPL in 2008. It is Shastri’s voice behind India’s world cup winning six in 2011.

Ravi Shastri – The Coach

Ravi Shastri Coaching
Ravi Shastri Coaching

Ravi Shastri was appointed the Head Coach of the Indian national cricket team by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman. Shastri was paid 8 crores annually and his contract got renewed in 2019 and his tenure was extended till the ICC T-20 World Cup 2021.

Ravi Shastri Records

Ravi Shastri Records
Ravi Shastri Records
  1. Youngest cricketer to play for the Mumbai cricket team at Ranji Trophy.
  2. First Indian bowler to bowl a maiden over on his debut.
  3. Second best figure at Irani Trophy (9/101).
  4. Fastest double century in first-class cricket (123).
  5. One of the few players to hit six sixes in an over at a first-class match.
  6. Best bowling figure by an Indian against Australia at world series (5/15).

Ravi Shastri Facts

Ravi Shastri Facts
Ravi Shastri Facts
  • Ravi Shastri is an occasional drinker and loves alcohol.
  • He has batted for Indian at all positions from 1 to 10.
  • Ravi Shastri loves to eat non-veg food.
  • Sachin Tendulkar is his favorite cricketer.
  • Ravi Shastri innovated his chapati shot.
  • Ravi Shastri was Shane Warne’s first wicket.
  • He has been named as National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

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