Ravi Shastri All Praise For Imran Khan in His Book

A picture of Imran Khan and Ravi Shastri.Cricketer turned politician and the current Prime Minister of Pakistan – Imran Khan – has fans all over the world. The 1992 world cup winning captain is considered as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and arguably the greatest all-rounder of the game.

PM Khan is equally admired in India for the great cricketer he was during his time. The love and admiration for Imran Khan is evident from the fact that Ravi Shastri has called him “one of the greatest captains and players.”

The former Indian great launched his book Stargazing: The players in my life yesterday. In his book, Ravi Shastri has shared his experiences over the last four decades with cricketers who made him enjoy the game.

Regarding Imran Khan, he wrote that he is one of the greatest captains and players the game has seen.

“Imran Khan is one of the greatest captains and players the game has seen. Why I hold this view hardly needs qualification. His records speak of itself and if at all further validation is necessary, it comes from the experience of those who played with or against him,” wrote Shastri in his book.

Imran Khan playing a glorious shot. He also wrote his experience of watching him play for the first time.

“When India toured Pakistan. He was then making a mark as one of the best all-rounders in cricket after a rather slow start to his career,” the former Indian cricketer wrote.

Moreover, the 59-year-old added that during Pakistan tour of India, he was at the Wankhede Stadium to watch Khan play. He also lauded Pakistan’s former captain for his control over swing.

“When Pakistan came to India the next season, I made sure to get a place in the North Stand at the Wankhede Stadium. Imran’s strength was his remarkable control over swing and reverse swing. The steeply curving late swingers or ‘indippers’ as they were called then, made life hellish for batsmen,” the current Indian coach revealed in his book.

Imran Khan preparing himself to bowl.Ravi Shastri narrated an interesting story of his first meeting with Imran Khan. In his book, he wrote that his first encounter with Imran Khan was when he was leading the Indian U-25 team against Pakistan.

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan arrived late for the game due to heavy traffic on his way to the stadium. After Imran Khan arrived, he wanted to have a go at the batsman as soon as possible but Shastri refused. He told the umpire to go by the rules. Khan wasn’t pleased with Shastri’s objection as he asked Wasim Akram to bounce him out.

Imran Khan instructs Wasim Akram during a test match. According to Ravi Shastri, Khan was the best batsman among the four great all-rounders of his time.

“Among the four great all-rounders of that era, Imran was the best batsman, technically and temperamentally, according to the situation demanded,” concluded Shastri.

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