Cricket and automobiles have been intertwined for a long time now. Since the early glamorous days of cricketing, luxurious car manufacturers have started associating themselves with the game. Decades ago, India’s current coach and former player Ravi Shashtri won an Audi. Well, he still owns the car and it is in pristine condition.
Ravi Shashtri won the Audi 100 while playing against Pakistan in 1985. The tournament was Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket. The tournament happened in Australia and the Aud 100 was an award for Ravi Shashtri for his exhilarating performance in the series. Kris Srikant received the Man of the Match award while Ravi Shashtri was declared Man of the Series in Melbourne.
The Audi 100 was gifted to him as a gift for winning the Man of the Series award. Ravi Shastri still has the car and in an interview with Micheal Perschke, former Audi India head, he said that he was so overwhelmed after he won the car in that match. The whole team was so jubilant after Ravi Shashtri won the Audi that everyone jumped on it and there are several pictures of the famous Indian cricketers including Kapil Dev sitting on this very same vehicle after the match.
Shashtri recalls that everyone first checked for the level of fuel in the Audi 100 before driving it around Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia. He also remembers getting into a tiff with Javed Miandad during the match for the car.
Ravi also added that the Audi 100 is his most prized possession and he did not even let his father drive the car without asking for his permission. The car is still with him and is in top-notch condition without any scratches or dents.
Audi and cricket
While Ravi Shashtri keeps on giving the vehicle to the exhibitors around to showcase the rare vehicle, many claims that it is the first Audi that came to the Indian shores. It has the registration number – MFA 1. Audi has been associated with Indian cricket more than ever before.
Audi India brand ambassador is Virat Kohli, who is the captain of the Indian cricket team. Virat owns several new-age Audi cars including R8 V10 LMX, Audi A8 L, RS 6, RS 5, SQ 8, and many more. That’s not it, Audi is the preferred brand when it comes to the other cricketers in India too.
Currently, the German brand offers a slew of cars in the Indian market. In fact, the manufacturer expects double-digit growth in the Indian market next year. Audi is also working to launch its first electric car in the Indian market – the e-tron. It will be launched in different forms and will come as a CBU. The German brand will also update its line-up by launching a facelifted version of the Audi Q3 SUV, Q5 and even the Q7 in the Indian market.