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Coach Ravi Shastri Tweets About Indian Cricket’s Unique Connection With Number 36

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Last Updated: March 11, 2021, 16:54 IST

Ravi Shastri.

Ravi Shastri.

Shastri’s cryptic tweet was in reference to his six 6s in a Ranji Trophy match (1984-85 season) against Baroda when he played for Mumbai. His ‘Team 36 Adelaide’ was a recollection of the Indian team’s worst debacle in Test cricket.

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday pointed out how Indian cricket team shares a unique connection with the number 36 and its significance in the country’s cricket history. Shastri touched upon how the number played a role not just in his career, but also in others.

The coach took to his official Twitter account and shared a picture of him holding a trophy. In the caption he wrote how there are too many 36’s related to Indian cricket, as he mentioned about his ‘six 6s’, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar’s 36 in a one-day match and Yuvraj Singh’s repeat of amazing sixes against England.

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Shastri’s cryptic tweet was in reference to his six 6s in a Ranji Trophy match (1984-85 season) against Baroda when he played for Mumbai. His ‘Team 36 Adelaide’ was a recollection of the Indian team’s worst debacle in Test cricket. In the recently concluded Australia tour series, the Indian side coached by Shastri were all out for 36 against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

He then mentioned Gavaskar’s infamous unbeaten 36 from 174 balls in the first match of the 1975 World Cup against England. Till date, fans cannot wrap their heads around why the batting legend played so many dot balls especially when India was chasing a target of 335 in 60 overs at Lord’s.

Moving to happier memories, his number 36 reference was about former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s hammering England’s Stuart Broad for six 6s in an over during the 2007 T20 World Cup, in Durban. Incidentally, Shastri was on commentary assignment when Singh achieved the first instance of a player hitting six sixes in an over in a T20I match.

On Sunday, he spoke about his growth as a coach and said that when he got the role he was unsure about how it would end. He also said that he’s learned a lot in the last six years and he’s not experienced such a thing last 35 years. Reflecting on team management, he said that it is key to understand ‘human behaviour and how different individuals react.’

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first published:March 11, 2021, 15:47 IST
last updated:March 11, 2021, 16:54 IST