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Ravishankar Shastri

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Ravishankar Shastri

Born: 27 May 1962

  • He is an Indian cricket coach, former commentator, cricketer and current head coach of the Indian national cricket team.
  • As a player, he played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Although he started his career as a left-arm spin bowler, he later transformed into a batting all-rounder.
  • As a batsman, he was essentially defensive with his trademark “chapati shot”(a flick off the pads), but he could raise his strike rate when required.
  • Due to his above-average height (he stood 6′ 3″ tall) and an upright stance, he had a limited number of shots against fast bowling, but was able to put the lofted shot to good use against spin bowling.
  • He played either as an opening batsman or in the middle order.
  • On July 2017  he, the former team director, was appointed as Head Coach for the national side by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly , Sachin Tendulkar. 
  • The contract has him getting paid Rs.8 crore per year. Rs.1.5 Crore more than his predecessor Anil Kumble.
  • As the World cup 2019 was in progress, on 13 June, the BCCI announced an extension of his contract by 45 days after the tournament.
  • On 16 August 2019, he was re-appointed as the head coach of the senior men’s Indian team, with his new contract extending up to the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in India.

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