“If You’ve to Talk to my Player, Talk to me First” – Former BCCI national selector recalls Ravi Shastri’s courageous captaincy moment

"If You've to Talk to my Player, Talk to me First" - Former BCCI national selector recalls Ravi Shastri's courageous captaincy moment

Ravi Shastri is among the most talked about former Indian cricketers in India. He was one of the great all-rounders in his playing days. Fans also like his style of commentary because he never shy away from making bold comments about the game. He is always in the news for various reasons. Also, during his run as the head coach of the Indian team, he was always in the headlines.


Shastri also showed the world his new avatar in a Cred advertisement, which became the talk of the town. And now, yet another unheard story featuring Ravi Shastri has caught the attention of his fans. The former Indian cricketer Jatin Paranjpe has revealed an interesting story from his early days.

Paranjpe, who made his debut for Mumbai under the leadership of Shastri, recalled an interesting incident that happened with him. In a match between Mumbai and Harayana, the former Indian head coach took a sturdy stand for his one player.


During an interaction on, Paranjpe said that during a match against Haryana, their coach, Sarkar Talwar, asked one Mumbai player, Mhambrey, to leave. Shastri, who was the captain of the Mumbai came running and said, “‘If you have to talk to my player, you have to talk to me first.”

He further praised the former Indian head coach and said that he was a born leader. Furthermore, he added that Mumbai won a couple of matches in that season because Ravi totally out-thought the opposition team. The former BCCI selector concluded, “He was an outgoing character. He would love to sit at a bar and talk cricket for hours and hours… so very few like him around.”

Notably, both these former cricketers shared a successful partnership after retirement as well. Paranjpe was serving as the national selector when Shastri was in charge of the Indian team as the head coach. The Men in Blue achieved some remarkable feats during their stint. India topped the chart in Test cricket for six years consecutively.


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