Like a tracer bullet: Ravi Shastri’s legendary commentary bits
Ravi Shastri has always been an all-rounder, be it on the field or off it – where he wears multiple hats as a television commentator and Team India’s head coach. However, for most, he is at his best when behind the microphone, where he has delivered some iconic lines.
Shastri has called some of the unforgettable moments for Indian cricket, including World Cup wins and Yuvraj’s six sixes off Stuart Broad. Here’s a look at Ravi Shastri’s top 10 legendary commentary bits:
10 — “Make no mistake about it, there is a pressure cooker situation.”
Ravi Shastri describing a close match when the pressure began to mount.
9 — “He has taken the aerial route.”
While other commentators say, ‘he has played it over the fielder’, Ravi Shastri seldom uses plain language.
8 — “Edgeddddddd…. And Takennnnnnnnn…..”
Ravi Shastri’s go-to line for caught behind.
7 — “Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the undisputed leader of the Indian cricket team.”
Ravi Shastri was often all praise for MS Dhoni.
6 — “The first man on the planet to reach 200, and it’s a superman from India.”
Ravi Shastri on Sachin Tendulkar’s landmark 200* vs South Africa – the first double hundred in ODI cricket.
5 — “That’s huge! That is a biggie, it’s outta here.”
Ravi Shastri describes a six in his unique style.
4 — “That’s just what the doctor ordered.”
When a player does something perfect as per the game scenario, this is what you hear from Ravi Shastri.
3 — “In the air, Sreesanth takes it, India win! Unbelievable scenes here at the bull ring!”
Ravi Shastri has often been on air during India’s world triumphs. When Sreesanth held on to a catch of Misbah off Joginder Sharma’s bowling, and India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, this is what Shastri had to say.
2 — “And he puts it into the crowd, six sixes in an over! Yuvraj Singh finishes things off in style!”
Ravi Shastri calling Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off an over against Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup is one of the best pieces of commentary.
1 — “Dhoni finishes off in style. India wins the World Cup after 28 years. Party begins in Mumbai.”
And… the most iconic commentary bit of them all. As Dhoni struck it over long-on to take India to an ODI World Cup triumph in the 2011 edition in Mumbai, Ravi Shastri made the moment immortal with a fine piece of commentary.