India’s cricket team head coach, Ravi Shastri, in his book ‘Stargazing: The players in my life, revealed that the current Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is one of the greatest players ever seen.
Imran records generated in his career speak for themselves, Ravi added that if further validation is needed, then the experiences of those who played with and against Imran would come in handy as well.
Ravi Shastri wrote, “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,”
He told that when India toured Pakistan in 1978, he saw Imran Khan playing on TV for the first time.
He wrote, “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,”
He also revealed that when Pakistan visited India next season, he was present at the Wankhede Stadium to see Imran, and his control over swing made life hell for batsmen.
He wrote, “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,”
He mentioned his first meeting with Imran and wrote, it was in the year 1987 that Ravi Shastri played against Imran Khan when he was leading the Indian Under-25 team against Pakistan, and Imran Khan had arrived late for the game.
He was stuck in traffic and wanted to start bowling as soon as he was back, which Ravi refused, and told umpires to go by the rules of the game. Ravi added that Imran told Wasim Akram to bounce him out.
Ravi Shastri paid rich tributes to Imran Khan in his book and labelled the Pakistan cricketer as the best batsman among the four great all-rounders of his time.
He wrote, “Among the four great all-rounders of that era, Imran was the best batsman, technically and temperamentally, according to the situation demanded,”