Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, is celebrating his 59th birthday on 27 May. On the special occasion, wishes pour in for the former cricketer from cricket boards, players, and well-wishers alike on social media platforms.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) wished Shastri by sharing some of the statistics associated with him. In his career as a player, he had played 230 international games. To his credit are 6,938 runs and 280 international wickets.
1⃣9⃣8⃣3⃣ World Cup-winner 🏆
2⃣3⃣0⃣ intl. games 👌
6⃣9⃣3⃣8⃣ intl. runs & 2⃣8⃣0⃣ intl. wickets 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 27, 2021
Wishing him, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane wrote, “Happy Birthday, Ravi Bhai. May you keep uplifting our spirits both on and off the field. Wish you the best of years ahead”.
Happy Birthday, Ravi Bhai. May you keep uplifting our spirits both on and off the field. Wish you the best of years ahead. pic.twitter.com/9IfUUuWL3s
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) May 27, 2021
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Ravi Bhai!!
Best wishes to you on this day, praying for your good health, wealth & happiness!!
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) May 27, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) May 27, 2021
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) May 27, 2021
Shastri is known for his flamboyant personality and love for cars. He was a part of the 1983 World Cup squad which lifted the trophy in London. His best stint came during the 1985 Benson and Hedges World Championship where he scored 182 runs and took eight wickets. He was often credited for winning the championships for India.
After his retirement, Shastri took over the commentary box and later turned towards coaching. He was first appointed as the ‘cricket manager’ of Team India on a tour to Bangladesh after Greg Chappell’s tenure ended. In 2014, he was named as the ‘Team Director’ by the BCCI.