Shastri talks about Pakistani player who can go any level
Former Indian player and current Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, recently talked about the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia. He talked about the battle he engaged in for the Player of the Series award, an Audi 100 sedan, with Pakistan great Javed Miandad.
The Indian coach played magnificently form the start of the tournament, both with the bat and the ball to take India to victory in the tournament.
Although Shastri defeated Miandad for the award and took the Audi to home. In an interview on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’, Shastri talked about his rivalry with Miandad. He also talked about how he managed to outwit the Pakistani great and won the Audi.
“He had no chance of getting the Audi, but he had to needle me so that I would get distracted, I mean, when we played against each other, there was constant chat between Javed and me. There will always be needling,” Ravi Shastri said.
“He was a great player, he was a great competitor. He would go to any level to get under your skin and make sure you’re distracted. He had no chance in that final. My eyes were on that car. Even though he might have wanted to distract me, he had no bloody chance.”
Shastri said that winning the Test series in Australia in 2018-19 for the first time in 71 years was special for him as a coach. He also added that the World Championship win in 1985 was the most special memory for him as a player.
“It is great to be part of those two teams, as a coach that series in Australia, is going to be very very special and hard to beat because that team wasn’t beaten in 71 years by any Asian team. There have been plenty who have gone there, tried their best and everyone knows how tough it is to beat Australia in Australia in Test match cricket, but in white-ball cricket you can’t beat 1985 as a player. To win both is fantastic,” Shastri said.