Ravi Shastri born as Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri is an Indian cricket coach, commentator, and cricketer. Ravi hails from a Manglorean family but was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. He studied at the Don Bosco High School, Matunga and from there was introduced to cricket which became his passion. In the year 1977, Ravi's school cricket team won the Giles Shield award under his captaincy. Further, he went to pursue Commerce from the R.A.Podar College, and while still in junior college he represented Bombay in the Ranji Trophy at the mere age of 17. Thus making him the youngest player to play Ranji Trophy from Bombay. Ravi was included in Under-19 team in 1980-81 but the season was canceled. During the Ranji 1984-85, he established himself as an all-rounder and helped his team win the title.
He made his international cricket debut in the year 1981, a test match against New Zealand, starting his career at the 10th position batsman. In the year 1984, when India toured Pakistan, he showed his leadership qualities, post which he led Under-25 team and won against England. One of the significant milestones in Shastri's career was during Cricket World Championship in Australia, where he scored 182 runs and took eight wickets. Thus was declared the man of the series; titled as the 'The Champion of Champions' and became the vice-captain for the first time. He was appointed as the captain of the Indian team in 1987 when the then captain Dilip Vengsarkar fractured his arm.
But after a couple of failed tournaments and controversies, he was back to being a vice-captain. Unfortunately, at the age of thirty due to a knee injury Shastri was forced to retire. After retirement, he started working as a cricket commentator and made his debut with the World Masters Tournament in Mumbai as a commentator in 1995. With his wit and charm, he continued working with several channels. In 2018, Ravi became the official commentator for the Indian Premier League. Shastri also served as India's team director for the span from 2014-2016. Currently, Shastri is the Head Coach of the Indian cricket team earning a handsome salary of 8 crores. He has also acted in few movies, namely Stumped, Kabhi Ajnabi The, etc.