The coach of the Indian Cricket Team Ravi Shastri is known for his explosive claims. The former India all-rounder believes that if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli faced the 1985 side of India it would be a great contest. Notably, India won the 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship in Australia beating Pakistan in the final.
Ravi Shastri was the man of the series in the World Championship of cricket in 1985. Shastri earned his famous nickname ‘Champions of Champions’ after India registered a scintillating win. The former cricketer in a Facebook live interaction with Sonysports on Tuesday said that the Indian side in 1985 would have given Virat Kohli’s team “a run for their money”.
When popular journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, asked him this question Shastri said “Yeah no question about that. Take any team that India puts up in white-ball cricket, the best it has to put out, the team of ’85 will give that team a run for their money. Many people thought that 1983 World Cup win was one-off but, But the boys were excellent in 1985 with Sunil Gavaskar leading from the front”.
Ravi Shastri and former Pakistan player Javed Miandad’s rivalry on the field is considered to be one of the great rivalries. Both were known to be fighters who never gave up and always wanted to win the match for their side. Shastri won an Audi 100 sedan after the final as the player of the tournament prize.
He agreed that then captain of Pakistan, Miandad also had an eye on the Audi but he wasn’t letting it go easy. Shastri also commented that Pakistan and New Zealand side were the toughest in the championship.
“Javed had no chance of getting the Audi. He would try to get under your skin on the field”. Shastri also commented that Pakistan and New Zealand side were the toughest in the championship”. New Zealand was a fantastic team.
They might not have had the superstars but they were always a team that punched above their weights. We had to play our A-game against them in the Semi-Finals”, Shastri concluded.