The former India captain Shastri started his career as a left-arm orthodox spinner but later transformed into a batting all-rounder. Incidentally, Shastri is the only player in the world who batted at all the positions from number 10 to number 1.

The left-arm spinner made his Test debut on February 21, 1981 against New Zealand and he took three wickets in four balls against the Black Caps in Wellington. Shastri played his last Test on December 26, 1992 against South Africa.

The highlight of his career was when he was elected Champion of Champions in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985.

Shastri, the glamour boy of eighties, scored 182 runs and took 8 wickets and he was chosen as the 'Man of the Series' which in this tournament was called 'The Champion of Champions'. He won an Audi 100 car for his efforts.

Two weeks later India won the Rothman's cup in Sharjah beating Pakistan and Australia. The victory against Pakistan was particularly memorable because India defended a total of only 125. Shastri and Siva continued their successful partnership with the ball. It was for this tournament that Shastri served as the Indian vice captain for the first time.

In the same season, he equalled West Indian Garry Sobers's record of hitting six sixes in an over in first class cricket. He was regarded as a potential captain, but his image outside cricket, injuries and tendency to lose form at crucial times meant that he captained India in only one Test match.

Under Shastri's captaincy, on January 14, 1988 a bespectacled legspinner Narendra Hirwani made a grand entry to Test cricket with figures of 16 for 136 on debut, against a West Indies side boasting of Viv Ricahrds, Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson. On an under-prepared pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Madhya Pradesh's Narendra Hirwani picked up 8 for 62 in the first innings and 8 for 75 in the second to hand India victory.

In early 1987, he presented a 15 minute coaching series which went by the name 'That's Cricket'. This was aired on the national channel Doordarshan on Sunday mornings.

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