From Virat Kohli to BCCI- the cricket fraternity extended its wishes to India head coach Ravi Shastri as the former cricketer turned 58 on Wednesday.

India head coach Ravi Shastri with MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli in a file image. (@imVkohli Photo)

India captain Virat Kohli took to social media on Thursday to extend birthday wishes to head coach Ravi Shastri.

Wishes have been pouring in for Ravi Shastri who turned 58 on Wednesday. Shastri, unlike the last few years, has been spending his special day at his home in Alibaug away from competitive cricket which remains suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many seem confident but only few are brave. Happy birthday Ravi bhai. God Bless #throwback,” Virat Kohli wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to post a photo tribute to wish Ravi Shastri. “Here’s wishing #TeamIndia Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc a very happy birthday,” BCCI wrote.

While Shastri is helping the Virat Kohli-led Indian side achieve new milestones in international cricket, he has also done incredibly well for the Indian team as a player, both with the bat and the ball. Shastri represented the India national cricket team as a player between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs.

Although he started his career as a left arm spin bowler, only to transform into a batting all-rounder. In a career spanning over 12 years, Shastri scored 3,830 runs in Test matches and claimed 151 wickets.

His major achievement as a player came when he helped Team India clinch Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Shastri finished with fifties in the last three matches of the tournament and forged a deadly partnership with Sivaramakrishnan. Both claimed 18 wickets between them in five matches.

He holds many interesting records as a player. First Indian batsmen to score six consecutive sixes in an over in first class cricket, youngest Ranji player for Mumbai in 1981 are some of them.

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