The introduction of Indian Premier League (IPL) into world cricket has changed the dynamics of the game. Founded in 2008, IPL was introduced to world cricket, the franchise-like sport, which not only changed cricket but also provided a platform for young talents to prove their mettle and engage with international stars and legends of the game. But what would have happened if IPL had been introduced in the 80’s. Last year, cricketers often expressed regret for the same and during the discussion about IPL and the auction, former India head coach Ravi Shastri made a strong statement about himself, but his ex-teammate Kris Srikkanth responded with a cheeky response in which Kapil Dev was named.
Shastri was one of India’s premium all-rounders at that time in the 1980s. The former Indian all-rounder’s career spanned 11 years, scoring 3,830 runs in 80 Tests and taking 151 wickets. In ODIs, he took 129 wickets and scored 3108 runs and was also part of India’s 1983 World Cup winning squad. Not to mention, Shastri also scored 6 sixes in an over during a Ranji Trophy match.
ALSO READ: Kris Srikkanth’s epic ‘ae Chetan ab correct team select karna’ comment on India’s T20 WC squad discussion with Shastri
Shastri would definitely have been on every franchise’s list if IPL had started in the 80’s. And the former India head coach is adamant that he admitted the same, during his on-air conversation with Srikkanth about Fan Code during the first T20I match between India and the West Indies, that he would certainly have been the captain and also would earn in millions at auction.
“I mean IPL, if it had been in our time you would have been captain of one side, I would have been captain of one side. There’s no doubt about that. And at least a few million in the auction, that’s the most important.” said Shastri.
Hearing Shastri’s bold statement, Srikkanth burst out laughing before giving a savage Kapil Dev reply.
“Imagine Kapil Dev and Viv Richards, Ravi. What would happen to them?” Srikkanth responded.
Shastri replied, “That would have been nice.”
Shastri is a strong supporter of the statement he has made on IPL. Earlier in March of this year, during an interview with ESPNCricinfo, he was asked how much he would have paid in an IPL auction and he replied saying, “Comfortable in the 15 crore drive. Comfortable! And captain of the side. None question. It’s a no-brainer.”