Ravi Shastri has been a part of Indian cricket for a long time now. He made his debut in 1981 and was a batting all-rounder who bowled left arm orthodox spin. He had a tall lean frame and had the ability to hit big shots whenever required. He is one of the few players to have hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket.
The highlight of his career was when he was named the man of the tournament in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia in 1985. India went through the tournament without losing a single match and Shastri was awarded an Audi 100. The car would have entailed a big customs duty but Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi gave a special order to waive it off.
Even after he retired from cricket, Shastri was always involved. He had long stints as TV commentator and presenter and even though he became known for talking in cliches, he made sure all cricket would remember him as he was on air during some of Indian cricket's most memorable events, including the 2007 World T20 final, 2011 ICC World Cup final, and when Sachin Tendulkar completed ODI cricket's first double century.
Here's his life story told in pictures.