Sunday, March 12, 2006

Shastri's Audi moment

They say the best things come to those that wait.

So confident was Malcolm Marshall of success against India in the 1983 World Cup Final, he ordered a spanking new BMW as a gift to himself before Kapil Dev duly lifted the trophy.

Two years later, Ravi Shastri didn't even have to phone the car dealer. India's legendary all-rounder won an Audi 100 for his 'Champion of Champions' man of the series effort in Australia in 1985. Today marks the 21st anniversary and his prize still takes pride and joy in his front drive.

Shastri had a slow start to the tournament, which also featured Pakistan, but soon found his gear as he finished with 182 runs and 8 wickets as India beat Pakistan in the final.

After learning of his prize, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi waived the heavy duty on the Audi's import and Shastri took full advantage.

"Initially I was over possessive about it," said Shastri a few years ago. "I was always watching her with eagle eyes just to make sure no one touched her."