India head coach and World Cup-winner Ravi Shastri recalled the battle between him and former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad for the Player of the Series award — an Audi 100 sedan — during the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
Ravi Shastri came up with an all-round effort as India went on to win the World Championship, 2 years after winning the 1983 World Cup in England. Shastri was eventually awarded the Player of the Series award and the India all-rounder returned home with a brand new sedan.
Ravi Shastri has often said that the Audi remains his prized possession and how he still manages to use it for Sunday morning drives.
In a recent interview with India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai for ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’, Ravi Shastri shed light on his duel with Javed Miandad who was also in the race to walk away with the award. Notably, Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikanth’s half centuries helped India beat Pakistan in the final and clinch glory Down Under.
“He had no chance of getting the Audi. But he had to needle me so that I would get distracted. I mean, when we played against each other, there was constant chat between Javed and me. There will always be needling,” RavI Shastri said.
“He was a great player, he was a great competitor. He would go to any level to get under your skin and make sure you’re distracted. He had no chance in that final. My eyes were on that car. Even though he might have wanted to distract me, he had no bloody chance.”
Kapil Dev said he would keep 25 percent: Shastri
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri also said he had clearly told his teammates, including the likes of Kapil Dev, that he was going to keep the car if he wins the Man of the Series award and there was going to be no talks of sharing the prize.
“I said that (the car will be mine) before the tournament. There was a team meeting where we discussed what happens if we get the car.
“I think it was Kapil who said ‘If I get car, 25 percent I keep, rest share’. Jimmy came and said ‘whoever gets it, gets it’.
“When my turn came I said ‘If I get the car, I am keeping it. The stepnie in the back seat of the car, that I am prepared to share’. For all the years, the fridges, the washing machines and the air conditioners that came, that just disappeared. So why suddenly when a car comes, you’re thinking of sharing. I was pretty straightforward,” Ravi Shastri said.