June 28, 2022



Ravi Shastri on restored Champion of Champions Audi car

We wanted a 15-20 runs more to beat Pakistan in the last of the 1985 Benson and Hedges competition. I viewed square-leg to check the field set by Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s commander. Javed livened up from midwicket.

“Tu baar udhar kya deke raha hai” (Why are you looking there over and again?) he said in his trademark drawl. “Gaadi ko kyun dekh raha hai?!” (Why are you checking the vehicle out). Voh nahi milne waali hai tere ko! (You won’t get it!).”

That is the point at which I had one legitimate gander at it, and told him, “Javed, meri taraf howdy aa Rahi hai! (It’s coming my direction, only!)”.So, here and there, the tomfoolery had begun before I got the keys. At the point when I got the keys from Ian Chappell in the post-match service, I heard a buzz behind him. I glance around and my partners are as of now all around the vehicle. Radiant (Sunil Gavaskar) was in the front seat. Kapil was at the back. Others were climbing. I told Ian, ‘one moment, I will be back’.Jimmy (Amarnath) was at the cap. I recollect Sadanand Vishwanath was on the top, and the legend was moving from back to front with his spike shoes evidently in the air however had made an adequate number of scratches. Insane blissful times.

As a review factor, more than most things I have done in my life, this vehicle remains at the top. The six sixes had a review esteem however this is the greatest in my vocation. The conditions adjusted: The planning of one-day cricket, constantly matches rolling in from Australia, Channel 9 coming into India interestingly, 1983 was all whites, this was variety clothing and that perfect broadcast. Furthermore, obviously when you get Pakistan in a last, nobody can at any point fail to remember it – on the off chance that you win it.Years later, I recollect that I was in Frankfurt in Germany on a vacation, having a pleasant 16 ounces of regular German lager. A major, tall Pathan strolled across, clearly from North-Western boondocks of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He remembered me and the main thing he asked me was, “Gracious Shastri Ji, voh Gaddi ki haal chaal!” (How is the vehicle?). I said ‘bikul teek-taak!” (It is fine). That is the sort of arrive at it has.

As I tweeted, it’s simply not my vehicle, it’s a public resource and the Indian group’s vehicle since that is what it is. It will be always associated with that drive at MCG. A blissful group, a world-cup winning group, and presently one more enormous ODI competition in Australia – individuals remember all that. That drive was before 50,000 individuals, that time a record most likely for a non-Australia game. Those recollections stay carved in recollections of individuals, particularly of my age and the people who were 7-10 years more youthful than me.It came two or three months after the competition, graciousness the transportation company of India. I actually recall that day, here and there the feature for me with that vehicle. At the harbors, there were 8,000-10,000 individuals to examine it as it emerged from the holder of the boat. I would not drive the vehicle as I was watchful that I could slam against individuals as I actually wasn’t completely active with that Audi. I had somebody from Audi, a legitimate driver, to get it home. Up and down the way, individuals were blaring from bicycles and it was all in all a festival I actually don’t have the foggiest idea how it arrived at my home safe and sound.