Former Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri was honored with the Colonel CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award at the Naman Awards 2024. The BCCI’s annual awards event returned after four years and was held in Hyderabad. Shastri has been brilliant in all quarters, be it in the commentary box, as a player or as the head coach of Indian cricket.
The Indian cricket team witnessed immense success when Ravi Shastri He was the head coach. One of them was the 2-1 test series win against Australia in Australia. India were impressed by 36 runs in the first Test in Adelaide and also lost many of their key players throughout the series.
However, India He showed brilliant attitude and courage in the last three Tests of the series and was able to win 2 matches and the series. However, his most memorable performance came in the final Test match at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Ravi Shastri’s ‘icing on the cake’ moment in his career
Australia had never lost a Test match in Brisbane in the last 32 years. Many key Indian players like R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami were not present in the match. India had to add net bowlers in their team to pick players for the team.
However, India wrote history at The Gabba and broke the 32-year-old ego of the mighty Australians. While Rishabh Pant performed a majestic knock to help India win the match, it was Ravi Shastri’s words that filled the Indian team with courage and attitude and gave them the power to defeat India.
Ravi Shastri was emotional after receiving the lifetime achievement award and called the Gabba win the “icing on the cake” of his career. Shastri also recalled the moments of the 1983 World Cup final and the 1985 final against Pakistan as the highlights of his cricket career. During commentary, Shastri’s highlights were during the 2007 T20 World Cup final and the 2011 ODI World Cup final.
Ravi Shastri said: “It’s a special evening for me. I think choosing one would be difficult. But I’ll go very fast. You showed him that the 1985 final against Pakistan was special in Melbourne. 1983 when India when the World Cup. But in the comments, 2007 when they won the T20 World Cup and 2011 when MS hit that ball for six. Two consecutive victories in Australia. But the icing on the cake was the last day at the Gabba when Rishabh Pant took us beyond the finish line.”
-BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2024
Ravi Shastri has been one of the most exceptional cricketers the Indian cricket team has ever produced. Shastri transformed the Indian bowling attack and scripted India’s many famous overseas victories.
However, Ravi Shastri also had to face some criticism as he failed to win an ICC title during his tenure, although he turned India into a ‘cricketing superpower’ during his coaching career. India is all set to play England in the five-match Test series, which will be played from January 25.