1985 Indian team could annoy Virat Kohli's team in limited situations: Ravi Shastri
NEW DELHI: Ravi Shastri He is convinced that the class of the India team in 1985, of which he was a vital cog, was such that it could upset even the current team led by Virat Kohli .
Shastri was the key man in 1985 when the under team Sunil Gavaskar won the World Championship Cricket . He was the hero of India's triumph in Australia and had won the famous Audi car for being a player in the tournament.
He continues to influence the Indian cricket setup, sitting in the head coach's chair, having played a major role in the team's ascendancy in world cricket in all formats.
No doubt about it. They (the '85 team) will give any team that India puts on white ball cricket a run for their money. That '85 team will give this team a run for the money, Shastri said during a 'Sony Ten Pit Stop' show on the channel's FB page.
Untitled-19 File Pics from 1985 World Championship of Cricket (Getty Images)
Shastri also firmly believes that the 1985 team was qualitatively better than the team that won the 1983 World Cup because it was a perfect mix of youth and experience.
I go one step further and say that the 1985 team was a stronger team compared to 1983.
"You know, I was part of both teams, I played in the 1983 World Cup and 1985, when you look man to man, 80 per cent of that '83 team was still there, but then some of the youngsters that you got in there like a Sivaramakrishnan, Sadanand Vishwanath, Azharuddin, those kind of guys came in to add to the experience you already had of '83 (and it) was fantastic."
Shastri said winning the Australian Test Series in 2018-19 for the first time in 71 years was special, but when it came to white ball cricket, '85 was special.
It's great to be part of those two teams, as the coach of that series in Australia, it will be very special and difficult to beat, because that team was not defeated in 71 years by any Asian team.
There have been many who have gone there, they did their best and everyone knows how difficult it is to beat Australia in Australia in test match cricket, but in white ball cricket you cannot beat 1985 as a player. Winning both is fantastic.
Shastri then shared a hilarious anecdote about a team meeting before the final against Pakistan.
Shastri imitated what Kapil Dev said in your typical english.
Kapil said, 'If I win a car, I keep 25 percent (selling) and the rest of the share. Jimmy came and (said) Yaar jisko mila mila '(whoever gets it, gets it). When my turn came, I said, if I win, I'll keep the car and I can only share the stepney, Shastri said with the typical ironic expression.