File photo of former India head coach Ravi Shastri© AFP
Former head coach of India, Ravi Shastri, became a part of Indian cricket folklore when he sent Baroda’s Tilak Raj for six sixes into an over in a Ranji Trophy match while representing Bombay (Mumbai) in January 1985. Baroda’s captain in that match and Shastri’s former India teammate, Kiran More, took to Twitter on Monday and posted his memories of that meeting, which took place exactly 37 years ago.
“On this day in 1985, when @RaviShastriOfc hit six sixes in an over against Baroda’s Tilak Raj, I led the side and held! A very cunning bowler, Tilak, was on the receiving end of Ravi, who was in the middle of a great season. He could really hit big sixes #cricket,” More posted.
Known for his wit and sense of humor, Shastri responded in style by thanking More.
“Thanks, Jockey. You had the best view,” Shastri added, along with a “winking face with tongue” emoji.
Thanks, Joke. You had the best view 😜 https://t.co/UTdTB2oOq2
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 10, 2022
Shastri went undefeated on 200 from just 123 balls in the second innings, when he took Raj to the cleaners. He broke 13 sixes and 13 boundaries during his stay at the center. He returned to pick two wickets in Baroda’s second innings, but More’s team stuck for a draw with 3 wickets left.
It was the start of a purple streak for Shastri as he would play a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the World Cricket Championship in Australia a few months later, becoming a cricket icon when he won the ‘Man of the Tournament’. ‘ for which he received an Audi car.
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