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Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri takes delivery of his restored Audi 100 sedan

Former Indian cricket team player and head coach, Ravi Shastri received his prized possession – an Audi 100 sedan. Shastri won the car in 1985 in Melbourne, Australia. The car was restored by Super Car Club Garage (SCCG), which is operated by Gautam Singhania, Chairman and MD of Raymond Group.

Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri takes delivery of his restored Audi 100 sedan

SCCG said that the car was in a poor condition and many other garages tried their hands to restore the iconic vehicle. SCCG took about 8 months to painstakingly put the Audi 100 back together. The start-to-finish process was about a year.

Ravi Shastri said,

“It looks like the car I won 37 years ago. The same, nothing has changed. Hats off to Gautam and Super Car Club Garage for doing this stuff the way they have. Unbelievable!… You know what it does, its jogs back your memory 37 years to that given day. What was happening when the keys were given in my hand? What did I do? Who were the people who sat on the car? How much champagne was on the seat? Who was sitting on top of the car? How many people were around the ground, when we took it for a spin, without a licence? All those memories come jogging back.”

SCCG did not use any replica parts to restore the vehicle. Gautam Singhania said that it became a painstaking task to rebuild the mode and a lot of original parts had to be sourced from around the world.

Ravi Shastri won the Audi 100

The Audi 100 was given 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 Shastri 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.

Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri takes delivery of his restored Audi 100 sedan

Shastri 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.

Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri takes delivery of his restored Audi 100 sedan

Ravi Shastri also remembers the time and said that the then-prime minister of India – Rajiv Gandhi waived off the import taxes on the Audi. The former cricketer also claims that her daughter has never seen the car before and he will take her for a ride in the restored vehicle.