It was the morning of a Ranji Trophy match between (then) Bombay and Baroda, and Ravi Shastri had returned late at night after partying hard. His mother, Lakshmi Shastri was dreadful that her son would not be in the best shape to play the first-class clash. However, as it turned out, the evening before had no bearing on Ravi Shastri’s form. The cricketer tore apart the Baroda bowling unit at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. He scored the fastest-first class double-ton in history and even put on a show by hitting Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over.
Ravi Shastri revisits the historic day
It was thirty three years ago in 1985 that Ravi Shastri created history. But the phenomena still seems a fresh chapter in Indian cricket. It is days like 10th January, 1985, that don’t seem to fade away ever. Shastri had scored a double-century which included six sixes off an over of Baroda’s Tilak Raj.
There are only two people till date who have hit six sixes in an over – Ravi Shastri and Sir Garfield Sobers.
At the SuperSport Park ahead of the 2nd Test against South Africa, India coach Ravi Shastri told mid-day,
“I remember the game clearly. It’s the six sixes that people talk about mostly, but it was the fastest double century as well and that’s a record that has stood the test of time.”
“At the time, I didn’t really realise how much of a big deal it was. It was years before the penny dropped. Only two people have hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket. And the other person is one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Garfield Sobers.”
Ravi Shastri joked that the bowler who was on the receiving end of the six sixes, Tilak Raj, wasn’t very pleased. Shastri said with a laugh,
“I don’t think it’s something he was especially keen to be remembered for. And he certainly did not want to meet me for a long time after.”
Until Shastri hit those sixes, he was known as a defensive batsman. Speaking on the issue, he said,
“Look, a lot of people said that I was a very defensive batsman, and it’s true, I had a role to play when I opened the batting, especially overseas, whether it was in one-day internationals or in Test cricket.”
Ravi Shastri trolled her mother afterwards
On returning home, Ravi Shastri’s mother had asked him how he had performed in the Ranji Trophy clash. Shastri revealed,
“I wanted to pull her leg, so I said didn’t score much, just five or six (runs).”
After getting a lecture on staying up in the late hours, Shastri left for Chennai to play a Test match against England. It was only when his mother went to the local market, that she was told the reality (that Shastri had created history).