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India’s cricket head coach regards Imran Khan as ‘the greatest of all times’

India’s head coach Ravishankar Shastri praised Imran Khan in his recently published book. According to Shastri, not only was Imran Khan a brilliant captain, but was also the best all-rounder from that era.

Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri, India’s cricket head coach has praised Imran Khan to be one of the greatest captains of all times.

Shastri has recently published his book called “Stargazing: The Players in My Life”, where he declared 1992 world cup winner Imran Khan to be one of the best.

“Imran Khan is one of the greatest captains and players the game has seen. No rocket science is needed to understand why I am declaring him one of the greatest cricketers of all time,” he said.

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Justifying his claims, Ravishankar wrote “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.”

Penning down his memories, he recalled “I saw Imran Khan playing on the television for the first time in 1978 when the Indian cricket team visited Pakistan. 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.”

Adding praise for the cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, he mentioned “Among the four great all-rounders of that era, Imran was the best batsman, technically and temperamentally, according to the situation demanded.”

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As a player, Shastri played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs. Working as the current head coach for the Indian team, Shastri has also served his duties as a commentator.