Enter Ravi Cliche Shastri

9 Apr

When he was a player, I always admired Ravi Shastri for his tenacity and sheer bloody-mindedness in sticking to a task. He was not as talented as many of his compatriots but he made up for it by working harder than all of them put together. Nothing changed when he became a commentator. He was an astute reader of the game but his delivery was flat, monotonous and sleep inducing. Shastri didn’t have the flair of a Tony Grieg or the authority of a Richie Benaud but he persevered as only he can. I haven’t heard Shastri’s commentary for many years now but I can bet it has improved. That having been said, the man has always had a gift for cliche – counting them was the only way not to fall asleep when he first started. And going by this article on cricinfo, that’s one gift he hasn’t lost.

“And if you lose in that fashion then I am ready to take it on the chin”

“So, when I was asked whether you will put your hand up, I said yes. I never want to shy away from a challenge…and if I can help, nothing like it.”

“You have to look at youth in whatever you do, in whatever walk of life at some stage”

” A good team doesn’t become a bad team in two weeks and a bad team doesn’t become an excellent one in two weeks.”

The more that things change, the more they stay the same.


8 Responses to “Enter Ravi Cliche Shastri”

  1. some body April 9, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    “The more that things change, the more they stay the same.”

    you meant to preface this sentence with ‘at the end of the days, when the cows come home, …’ didn’t you?

    – s.b.

  2. Mysorean April 10, 2007 at 8:31 am #

    I see Ravi Shastri joining the team as a positive sign!

  3. Veena April 10, 2007 at 11:05 am #

    Vijay, I think your vijaya chronicles needs an update very badly! 🙂

  4. praneshachar April 10, 2007 at 11:32 am #

    no doubt Ravi Shastri will boost the spirit of the team
    and always he has done it for india in adverse situations.
    it is good he and venky are there to boost the spirits
    for india and the indian team

  5. Aditya April 10, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    Mysorean, Praneshachar – you’re both hard core optimists. 🙂

    My opinion is “nayi baala donku”… I think the current bunch needs to go before we start to see any real, sustainable progress and that we will struggle to perform against teams like Australia, SA, NZ and SL in the coming years.

  6. some body April 10, 2007 at 1:40 pm #


    you are making a big mistake by ignoring bangladesh. when is the last time india fielded three spinners in an odi?

    – s.b.

  7. Aditya April 10, 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    Sb, Agreed. Not only the three spinners, but just the way I’ve heard they approach the game – fielding, running between the wickets. While our Veeru gets a bigger hotte eating asli ghee khana, these guys will eventually walk all over us.

    My prediction for Bangladesh: We’ll probably beat them for the next two years or so and then they’ll be another SL.

  8. greatunknown April 10, 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    What about yet another soporific offering of his: “The rub of green will go India’s way!”
    Well thought-out post!

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