Head Coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday highlighted the significance of Number 36 in Indian Cricket history & how Number ‘36’ has played a crucial role in not just his own career but also in developing Indian Cricket.
“Ha. Too many 36’s. Six 6s mine. Team 36 Adelaide. One day number 36. Gavaskar 36. @YUVSTRONG12 six 6s. Could be more,” Shastri tweeted. Ravi Shastri had hit six 6s in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda while playing for Mumbai in 1984-1985 season. The former all-rounder was also doing commentary when Yuvraj Singh achieved the same feat against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Sunil Gavaskar’s 36 not out in the 1975 World Cup against England is also remembered for all the wrong reasons. At that time, Cricket fans could not make any sense as why Gavaskar played so many dot balls in his knock of 36 runs from 174 balls especially when India was chasing a target of 335 in 60 overs. IIn December 2020, India coached by Ravi Shastri got bundled for 36 runs in the second innings of India against Australia at the Adelaide Oval handing the hosts an easy win. However, the team thrne returned back in form & won the rest of the two tests to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with 2-1 scores.
On Sunday, when media asked Shastri about his growth as a Coach he had said, “When I got this role, I did not know what would be the end tale in this. I have learnt so much in the last six years, I have not experienced this in the last 35 years. Man management is of utmost importance and it is also a key as to how you understand human behavior and how different individuals react. How someone reacts to failure and success when you need to talk to someone. This is a big group, to understand the mindset and make it work as a cohesive unit, you need to be able to understand mindsets.”
Last week team India reserve their spot into the final of the World Test Championship with an emphatic 3-1 series win over England. Team India who defeated England in the fourth test by an innings & 25 runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium will now face New Zealand in the WTC final which is scheduled to be played from June 18 to 22 with June 23 kept as the reserve day in Southampton.