Ravi Shastri, upon receiving the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award in Hyderabad, highlighted the pinnacle of his coaching tenure as the Test series win against Australia at the Gabba in the 2021-22 series.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri received the prestigious Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award at the BCCI Awards 2024 in Hyderabad, evoking pride and joy. Shastri, known for his illustrious career as a player from 1981 to 1992 and later as a cricket commentator, earned accolades for his coaching stint with the Indian national team. The award honors Shastri’s substantial impact on Indian cricket, both as a player and in his influential role off the field.

In a heartfelt reflection during the ceremony, Shastri recounted his journey, highlighting significant moments such as the 1985 final against Pakistan, India’s 1983 World Cup victory, the 2007 T20 World Cup win, and the 2011 World Cup triumph led by MS Dhoni.

However, Shastri expressed that the most cherished memory was the 2021-22 Test series against Australia in Brisbane. Despite facing adversity, India secured a historic victory with Rishabh Pant’s match-winning innings at the Gabba, marking the pinnacle of Shastri’s coaching career. He referred to this moment as the “icing on the cake,” surpassing even the glorious achievements of his playing and coaching years.

“It is a special evening for me. To pick one moment is difficult, 1985 final vs Pakistan was special in Melbourne. 1983 when India when the World Cup. But in commentary, 2007 and 2011 when India won. But the icing on the cake was the last day at the Gabba when Rishabh Pant took us past the finishing line,” Ravi Shastri said at the BCCI Awards 2024.

Reflecting on his coaching tenure, Shastri highlighted significant achievements like two series wins in Australia and a strong challenge to England on their home turf. Notably, he played a crucial role in building a world-class pace bowling unit. Recognized for his leadership and strategic contributions, Shastri’s contribution to shaping one of cricket’s formidable teams is invaluable.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2024

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