Not Sachin, Not Sunil Gavaskar, This World Cup Winning Legend Was India’s First Audi-Owning Cricketer!

Audi cars have gained a reputation for their bold presence, sporty engines, and exceptional control. Loved by cricketers, movie stars, politicians, businessmen, and many others, the German luxury car brand officially entered the Indian market in 2004.

Over the years, Audi has partnered with numerous celebrities, including Virat Kohli and Katrina Kaif, who have become popular Audi owners in India. Surprisingly, the first owner of an Audi car in India is not among the widely known names like MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, or Yuvraj Singh. It is none other than former cricketer Ravi Shastri, who won an iconic Audi 100 in the Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985.

Ravi Shastri, a key player in the Indian cricket team, was awarded the Man of the Series title for his outstanding performance in the Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket, held in Australia. As a reward, he received the prestigious Audi 100. This marked the entry of Audi cars into the Indian market and set the stage for their popularity among notable personalities.

When Ravi Shastri won the Audi 100, his teammates, including the legendary Kapil Dev, were thrilled and couldn’t resist the temptation of experiencing a ride in the luxury car. They jumped into the car, sharing the joy and celebrating the victory together. It was a moment that showcased the camaraderie and bond among the Indian cricket team members.

During the match against Pakistan, Ravi Shastri found himself in a tiff with Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad over the Audi car. The competitive spirit between the two players intensified as they both aimed to claim the coveted prize. Ultimately, Shastri emerged victorious, not only in the match but also as the proud owner of the first-ever Audi car in India.

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Ravi Shastri’s Audi 100, bearing the sports registration number MFA 1, still exists in pristine condition. Shastri considers it his most treasured possession, holding sentimental value as a symbol of his remarkable achievement. He has shared that even his father was not allowed to drive the car without seeking his permission, underscoring the significance he attaches to the Audi 100.

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