"In the last five-six years, the standard of Indian umpires has gone up because of our umpires standing in the IPL, which is an international standard tournament," Ravi said.

"They get to work with elite umpires and referees from different countries. They get to interact with international players, coaches, support staff and other stakeholders. All these things have made Indian umpires better. I am sure in the near future at least one or two more will make it to the elite panel.

Ravi became the first Indian after S Venkatraghavan to be placed in the ICC Elite Panel, ending an 11-year-wait. The Chennai-based umpire credited celebrated Australian Simon Taufel for his rise.

"I have been working very closely with Simon for the last three years almost. I have learnt a lot from him, right from preparation to getting into the game, decision making, handling big players, match management skills, the man- management skills, how to get out of setbacks," he said.

"All those skills have helped me to become a better umpire. I am very thankful to Simon, it is because of him that I have achieved this dream." Speaking about his journey, Ravi said he had dreamt of making the top league.

"I was working hard for this. I was expecting it because I was on the emerging panel of ICC and after having a good World Cup I thought I should be there and I got the nod from the selectors," Ravi said.

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