Former Team India head coach Ravi Shatri is one of the most dynamic retired cricketers and often grabs the limelight for his critical opinions about the game. Shastri is currently bestowing his commentary duties in the United Kingdom during the ongoing second edition of the Hundred competition.
Recently, Shastri shared the picture on his social media account spending time with Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet Inc during a fixture of 100-ball tournament.
Taking to Twitter, Shastri captioned the post "In the august company of two people who love their cricket @homeofcricket-Mr. Mukesh Ambani and Mr. Sunday Pichai at The Hundred." Earlier, Shastri hogged the limelight for backing demands for reducing the number of overs in ODIs, saying that ODIs have been played too long with 50 overs and need immediate modification to keep them relevant.
During the commentary at FanCode for the second ODI between India and West Indies, Shastri said that there is no harm in shortening the span of the game. "When ODIs started, it was 60 overs. When we won the World Cup in 1983, it was 60 overs. After that people thought that 60 overs were a bit too long. People found that span of overs between 20 to 40 hard to digest. So they reduced it from 60 to 50," Shastri said.
He further suggested that the 50-over game should be changed to 40-overs as the time demands for it. Shastri is also of the opinion that only top-six teams should get to play Test cricket and the sport can reach different countries through white-ball cricket. "If you want Test cricket to survive you cannot have 10, 12 teams playing. Keep the top six, keep the quality of cricket going and respect quality over quantity."
"Expand teams in T20I or one-day cricket if you want to spread it to the countries, but in Test cricket, you will have to reduce the teams, then it does not matter if England does not go to West Indies or if West Indies does not come to England," Shastri had said on Sky Sports.