May 29, 2012

Indian cricket

Lakshmi Shastri on her famous son

Former India captain and allrounder Ravi Shastri, now a prolific commentator, turned 50 on May 27. Clayton Murzello, in Mid-Day, speaks to Shastri's mother, who relates snippets from her son's illustrious career.

"Ravi would never talk about himself at home. Like, on the evening he hit six sixes in an over (off Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda in 1985). He came home and started packing for the next match. I asked him what happened in the match and he just wouldn't answer me. 'Watch the 7:30 pm Marathi news,' he said. Before that, I went to buy some groceries and a bhelpuri wallah told me that he had hit six sixes."

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