Ravi Shastri (2017 – Present & 2015-16 )
Ravishankar Shastri , a former cricketer and commentator born on 27 May 1962 at Mumbai, As a player, he played for the India cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in. He started his career as a left arm spin bowler, later he transformed into a batting all-rounder.
He was in college when he got a call-up to play for India in the tour of New Zealand as bowler and batted at No.10. But he proved his ability with the bat as well and went on to even open the innings in a few Tests and proved himself as successful all-rounder.
Ravi Shastri’s Score card
In 80 Tests matches, he scored 3,830 runs, averaged at 35.79 and scored 11 centuries and 12 fifties with the highest score of 206, scored against Australia. In 150 ODIs matches, he scored 3,108 runs at an average of 29.04 and scored four centuries and 18 half centuries.
As a bowler, Ravi Shastri took 151 wickets in Tests and 129 in one day internationals.
Interesting facts about Ravi Shastri
People also called Ravi Shastri as “Shaz” after he teamed up with Wasim Akram for a TV show titled ‘The Shaz & Waz show.’
Ravi Shastri had another notable sportsperson in the family, his cousin — Mridula Shastri, who captained the Indian women team as a swimmer and water polo player. She was a doctor and a Rhodes scholar, died in the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1988 over Lockerbie in Scotland.
Ravi Shastri recorded the second fastest double-ton in First-Class cricket against Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in 1985 During that innings he smashed Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over to become the second man to do so in competitive cricket.
Shastri married Ritu Singh in 1990.
In 2003, Ravi Shastri joined hands with Rediffusion DY&R to start a talent management company also kknown as Showdiff Worldwide.
Ravi Shastri was also a national goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Sachin Tendulkar is the other cricketer who has the same honor.
In 2008, he was the celebrity torch bearer during the Olympic Torch Relay in Oman.
In his youth Ravi Shastri was the poster-boy of Indian cricket. His noticeably good looks made him a ladies’ man. He had a much-publicized romance with Amrita Singh.
Standing at 6ft 3inch, he played a limited range of shots and one of his trademark “chapati shot” which was a flick off the pads.
Anil Kumble (2016-17)
Anil Kumble was born on 17 October 1970, Indian cricketer and commentator. He is nicknamed ‘Jumbo’ because his feet are quite big and has a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Kumble made his first-class debut for Karnataka against Hyderabad on 30 November 1989, taking 4 wickets.
He was then selected for India Under-19s against Pakistan, scoring 113 in the first test and 76 in the second. He made his one day international debut against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in the Austral-Asia Cup on 25 April 1990.
The Karnataka cricketer finished his 18-year career with 619 Test and 337 ODI wickets, signing off as a greatest spin bowler India has ever produced.
Kumble took his first 50 Test wickets in 10 matches; the record remained the fastest by an Indian bowler till Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed him accomplishing in nine matches. He has a record of 100 wickets in 21 Test matches, the second fastest by an Indian bowler.
He took six wickets for 12 runs in an ODI against the West Indies at Eden Gardens, Calcutta on 27 November 1993.
Kumble is one of two bowlers (the only other being Jim Laker of England in 1956) to have taken ten wickets in a Test innings, taking 10 for 74, against Pakistan in the second Test played in Delhi in February 1999.
Interesting facts about Anil Kumble
Kumble is India’s most successful spinner, but very few know that he initially began his career as a medium pacer bowler.
Kumble holds the record for the maximum number (25) of caught and bowled dismissals in tests.
Kumble had received prestigious Arjuna Award in 1995. He was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in the year 1996. The Government of India presented him the Padma Shri in 2005.
He married to Chethana Ramatheertha, after she divorced and has a son Mayas and two daughters Aaruni and Svasti from Chethana’s previous marriage.
In the Antigua Test of 2002, Kumble played the macth with broken jaw which is one of cricket’s most inspiring movement, Kumble bowled 14 consecutive overs and became the first bowler to dismiss Brian Lara while bowling with a broken jaw.
Duncan Fletcher (2011-2015)
Duncan Andrew Gwynne Fletcher was born on 27 September 1948 is a former cricketer from Zimbabwe.
He also was the coach to the England cricket team from 1999–2007, and is accredited with the revival of the England team in Test cricket in the early 2000s. Fletcher help Zimbabwe to won ICC Trophy in 1982. Fletcher never played Test cricket in his career
Duncan Fletcher scored 191 runs in 6 matches with batting average of 47.75 and top score at 71 runs
He took 7 wickets in ODIs with best bowling 4/42.
Under Fletcher mentorship England cricket team achieved famous series victories on Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa between 2000–2004. In 2004 England won an English record 8 consecutive tests, beating New Zealand 3–0 and West Indies 4–0 at home respectively, finally winning the first test in South Africa.
Under Fletcher’s coaching, the Indian team achieved 8 series victories in a row; including Champions Trophy in 2013
Interesting facts about Duncan Fletcher
Fletcher’s sister, Ann Grant was a captain for Zimbabwe women’s hockey team which won the gold medal in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Fletcher had been denied British citizenship by because of the fact that he spent most of his time abroad—touring with the England team. After the Ashes series win of 2005, the British Home Secretary, intervened to award Fletcher his long-waiting citizenship
During England’s tour of India in 2001, were they lost the Test series by 0-1 and in the series Fletcher advised Giles to bowl a defensive to Sachin Tendulkar outside leg, which led to Gavaskar – Fletcher brawl.
Fletcher had the ability to identify the talent ike the most famous among which were Marcus Trescothick, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff.
Gary Kirsten (2008-2011)
Gary Kirsten, born on 23 November 1967 in Cape Town, he is a South African and former cricketer. He studies at the University of Cape Town. He has played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day matches for South Africa between 1993 to 2004, mostly as an opening batsman. Kirsten started his carrier by Test debut against Australia in Melbourne in 1993.
He retired from international cricket in 2004 after in a match-winning performance of 76 against New Zealand. He was the first Test batsman to make hundreds against each of the other 9 Test nations. He scored top 275 runs against England as a result of batting for over 14 and a half hours, it still stands as the second-longest innings in Test history
He played 101 test matches and scored 7289 runs with a batting average of 45.27 runs (100s -21 and 50s – 34 )
Played 185 ODIs and scored 6798 runs with batting average of 40.95 with top score of 188* runs.
He also took 2 wickets in his international carrier.
Kirsten ended his tenure as coach after India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets on 2 April 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India.
He is considered the key force behind the clearly visible performance improvement of all the Indian players. In 2010, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni described him as “The best thing to happen to Indian cricket.”
A highly accomplished batsman himself, he largely associated with his ability to implant better confidence among younger players.
Interesting facts about Gary Kirsten
His half brother Peter, also played for the South Africa cricket team which including the
Cricket World Cup in 1992.
After retirement, Gary Kirsten set up an academy in his home-town, Cape Town SA.
During the world cup wining celebration, he was carried around the ground by Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli to show their respect.
He was not interested in coaching Indian team, neither he applied for the job, but it took exactly seven minutes for Gary Kirsten to land the high-profile India coach job in 2007
Kirsten joined Paddy Upton and Dale Williams to form a company called Performance Zone In 2007. They focused on fitness and on-field performance of the players.
Greg Chappell (2005-07)
Gregory Stephen Chappell was born on 7 August 1948 in Unley, South Australia, is a former cricketer also represented Australia at international level in both Tests and One-Day Internationals. He joined Australian cricket team against England in the 1970–71 Ashes Series. An brilliant all round player who bowled medium pace and, held the world record for the most catches in Test cricket.
He started playing cricket from a very early age, studied at St Leonards primary school, where he played his first competitive match at the age of eight. At age twelve, he score his first centuries and was selected for the South Australian state schools team.
Chappell became the first Test batsman in history of cricket to score centuries in both his first and last Test innings.
He is the Test batsmen who have retired since 1974 and scored more than 2,000 Test runs, Chappell’s Test batting average of 53.86 is the third highest.
Chappell was batsman of the ODI team however with his Test captaincy, registering 21 wins and 25 losses from 49 matches;
In World Series Cricket between 1977-1979 he toned a double century 246 not out.
In 87 test matches he scored 7110 runs with an average of 53.86 and in ODI he played 74 matches and scored 2331 run with an average of 40.18.
As an bowler Chappell took 47 test wickets Vs 72 in one day internationals.
Interesting facts about Greg Chappell
The Chappell brothers played grade cricket for Glenelg and they batted together in a semi final against Port Adelaide in early 1966.
His father Martin was a well-known grade cricketer in Adelaide also his grandfather was the famous all-round sportsman Vic Richardson, who had captained Australia in Test cricket. Elder brother Ian and younger brother Trevor also played for Australia.
After his retirement he was appointed selector for the Australian team and also became a member of the Australian Cricket Board.
In 2004, he also worked as consultant for Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy.
Chappell was also a academy coach for the Rajasthan Royals.
John Wright (2000-05)
John Geoffrey Wright was born 5 July 1954 is a former international cricketer from New Zealand. He started playing international cricket in 1978 against England.He mostly opened for New Zealand, and was known to be a tenacious, rather than spectacular, batsman. His nickname was “shake” in team.
For his services to cricket In the 1988 Queen’s Birthday Honours,, Wright was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.He also coached New Zealand – they made it to the semifinal in World Cup 2011 and Test win against Australia after 18 years. He was the first foreign coach for Indian cricket team.
He played 82 test matches and 5334 runs with the batting average of 37.82 runs.
In ODI he played 149 matches and scored 3891 runs with the average of 26.46 runs.
He also played for Derbyshire in England. In first-class cricket he scored more than 25,000 runs, with over 50 first-class centuries. He also scored over 10,000 runs in limited-overs cricket.
Interesting facts about John Wright
During a match against with Australia in 1980, he became the second player in the history of cricket to score an eight run from one ball in a Test, running four and collecting four overthrows.
After taking retirement, Wright worked in sales for around two years – self-confessedly without great success.
John Wright was the man who inspiredSachin Tendulkar to open the batting in the 2003 World Cup.
Kapil Dev (1999-2000)
Kapil Dev Nikhanj was born on 6 January 1959, he is a former Indian cricketer. He was a fast bowler and a middle order batsman. He known to be one of the greatest all-rounders to play the game and one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket. In 2002, He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century. Dev was the captain of the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
He retired in 1994, and once holding the world record for the greatest number of wickets taken in Test cricket. He is the first player to take 200 wickets in one day international.
He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434 wickets) and scored more than 5000 runs in Tests. On 11 March 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Kapil Dev played 131 Test matches and scored 5248 run with an average of 31.1, also took 434 wickets.
Kapil scored 3783 runs in 225 ODI matches and took 253 wickets.
He also took 10 wickts 2 times in his career.
He is the only player to have achieved the all-rounder’s double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets.
Interesting facts about Kapil Dev
He has written four books — three of them are autobiographical and one book is on Sikhism. Autobiographical works include — By God’s Decreepublished in 1985, Cricket My Stylein 1987, and Straight from the Heart came in 2004. His latest book titled We, The Sikhs was published in 2019.
Dev invested in various business, including: electronics, restaurant by name captain’s 11, Dev Musco Lighting Pvt Limited in partnership with Musco Lighting to set up floodlights in sports venues in India.
He married Romi Bhatia in 1980 and had a daughter, Amiya Dev.
Dev started his Test cricket in Faisalabad against Pakistan on 16 October 1978.
He became a valuable batsman in the ODI as a pinch-hitter who used to accelerate the run-scoring rate, usually in the final ten overs.
Anshuman Gaekwad (1997-99)
Anshuman Dattaji rao Gaekwad was born on 23 September 1952 is a former Indian cricketer and was Indian national cricket coach. He played 40 Test matches and 15 One Day Internationals. He nicknamed as The Great Wall.
He started his Test career against the West Indies at Kolkata on 27 December 1974 and his last Test match was against England at Kolkata itself on the last day of 1984.
He played 40 test and 15 ODI matches with the average of 30.07 and 20.69 respectively.
He scored his highest Test score of 201 runs against Pakistan at Jalandhar in 1982–83, where he spent 671 minutes, this is an example for his patient style and focus.
Interesting facts about Anshuman Gaekwad
His father Datta Gaekwad also played Test Cricket for India.
Madan Lal (1996-97)
Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma was born on 20 March 1951, he is a former Indian cricketer (1974–1987).
He played 67 One Day Internationals and was also a member of the 1983 World Cup final winning team where he played with Kapil Dev, Balwinder Sandhu, Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad.In domestic Madan Lal played for Punjab but later played for Delhi.
Madan Lal had all-round success at first-class level scoring 10,204 runs (average 42.87), including 22 hundreds, and capturing 625 wickets (average 25.50).
He played 39 Test matches for Indian cricket team, scored 1,042 runs at an average of 22.65, taking 71 wickets at 40.08 and took 15 catches.
He was a fairly expert lower order batsman, often helped Indian team to came out of tricky situations which earned him the nickname, Maddat Lal by Indian fans.
Interesting facts about Madan Lal
Madan Lal bowled the first ball to Dennis Amiss of England in the 1975 World Cup.
Madan Lal run a cricket academy in Siri Fort Sports Complex, Delhi.
He also tried his luck in politics by fighting election representing Indian National Congress Party of India for the Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency bye elections in Himachal Pradesh against Anurag Thakur,
In various capacities. Madan Lal coached the UAE team in 1996 world cup.
Madan Lal also appeared in a crime show called Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath on Life OK
Sandeep Patil (1996)
Sandeep Madhusudan Patil was born on 18 August 1956 is a former Indian cricketer and former Kenya national team coach.
He was a hard-hitting middle order batsman and an part time medium pace bowler. He started his playing international matches in 1980-81 when he was selected for the tour of Australia.
In 29 test matches he scored 1588 runs with the average of 36.93.
He played 45 ODIs and scored 1005 run with the average of 24.51
He also took 24 wickets in total.
Interesting facts about Sandeep Patil
After the 1983 Cricket World Cup victory, Patil was offered to play the male lead opposite two Bollywood actresses Poonam Dhillon and Debashree Roy in the movie Kabhie Ajnabi The.
As per reports – Patil got so occupied with his Bollywood debut that he refused to participate in the West Indies tour in 1983. However the movie didn’t do well.
Patil was an editor to Marathi sports magazine Ekach Shatkar which was, once a top selling sports magazine in Maharashtra, India.
He married Deepa and has two sons, Chirag Patil and Prateek Patil.
He wrote his autobiography Sandy Storm in 1984.
His son Chirag Patil will be seen portraying Patil in Kabir Khan’s 83 (2020) which also stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev.
Ajit Wadekar (1992–96)
Ajit Laxman Wadekar born on 1 April 1941 and died on 15 August 2018, he was an Indian international cricketer between 1966 and 1974. Wadekar started playing first calss cricket in 1958, before making his debut into international cricket in 1966.
He was a number three batsman also considered to be one of the finest slip fielders. Wadekar was also the captain to the Indian cricket team which won series in the West Indies and England in 1971.
He played 37 test matches and scored 2113 runs with an average of 31.07.
He played only 2 ODI and scored 73 runs.
Wadekar was an “aggressive batsman”
Interesting facts about Ajit Wadekar
The Government of India honored him with the Arjuna Award (1967) and Padmashri (1972).
He is the founder of the Indian Cricket Team for the physically challenged.
Born in Bombay, Wadekar’s father wanted him to study Mathematics so that he could become an engineer, but Wadekar instead preferred to play cricket.
Abbas Ali Baig (1991–92)
Abbas Ali Baig born 19 March 1939 is an Indian former cricketer who played in 10 Tests between 1959 and 1967. Born in Hyderabad, Baig made his first-class during the 1954–55 Ranji Trophy, against Andhra Pradesh. In 1966, he was included in the team for the home series against West Indie
He played 10 Tests between 1959 and 1967. In a career, he scored 12,367 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 34.16.
In the late 1950s, Baig moved to England and went up to University College, Oxford. Here he played 15 first-class matches for the university team. During this time, he scored 221 not out and 87 against Free Foresters
Interesting facts about Abbas Ali Baig
In a test match during a break when Baig walked to the pavilion along with Ramnath Kenny, he was kissed on his cheek by a young woman fan, becoming the first Indian cricketer to be kissed on the field.
Baig’s success in the 1959-60 season led to him being named as one of Indian Cricket ‘s five “Cricketers of the Year”.
Bishen Singh Bedi (1990-91)
Bishan Singh Bedi born on 25 September 1946 is a former Indian cricketer and was primarily a slow left-arm orthodox bowler.
He played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979 and formed part of the famous Indian spin quartet.
He played a total of 67 Tests and took 266 wickets. He also captained the national side in 22 Test matches.
His best Test bowling was 7/98 against Australia at Calcutta in 1969–70, and his best match figures – 10/194 at Perth in 1978–79, also against Australia.
Interesting facts about Bishen Singh Bedi
His bowling has been described as graceful, even beautiful.
In 1990, after a tour where India had played poorly, he threatened to dump the entire team in the sea on the return journey.
Bedi holds the world record for the most economical bowling figures in a 60-over ODI match.