Ravi Shastri is currently the head coach of the Indian cricket team.© Instagram
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter on Sunday to share a throwback photo about the anniversary of his Test debut for the country. Ravi Shastri played his first match for India in the third Test against New Zealand in Wellington in 1981. “On this day 40 years ago … in Wellington I made my Test debut,” Shastri wrote along with the photo. “It’s great to still be a part of the great game and be involved with the national team,” he added.
On this day 40 years ago … in Wellington I made my Test debut. It’s great to still be a part of the great game and to be involved with the national team pic.twitter.com/qVoExInyG3
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 21, 2021
While the all-rounder didn’t have a great game with the bat, he took three wickets in every innings, even when the hosts won with 62 runs.
He took his first five-wicket haul in New Zealand’s first innings in Auckland’s third test and claimed two more scalps in New Zealand’s second essay to help India earn a draw.
He was named joint player of the match along with John Wright.
Shastri ended his career with 80 tests and 150 ODIs under his belt.
In the longest format, he scored 3,830 runs at an average of 35.79 and also took 151 wickets.
In ODIs, Shastri runs 3108 and took 129 wickets.
His last appearance for India as a player came in a test match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 1992.
He is currently the head coach of the Indian cricket team and helped them reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.
India is currently in a four-game series of tests against England, with a spot in the World Test Championship inaugural final at stake.
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