Ravi Shastri is a true all-rounder. He can wear multiple hats with consummate ease. The former Indian all-rounder, deputy to numerous skippers, stop-gap Indian team coach, a highly-reputed commentator, an unofficial players' spokesman and now, the team director in times of despair.
After Team India's abysmal performance in the five-Test series, the Indian Board has turned to Ravi Shastri to take charge of the team in the upcoming One-Day International series in England, allowing him to call the shots in place of the under-pressure coach Duncan Fletcher.
Long after his playing days, Shastri continues to Board of Control for Cricket in India's Man Friday of sorts. After finishing with a Test batting average of 35.79 and 151 wickets to his name, Shastri remains connected to the game. (Duncan Fletcher may quit before India-West Indies series: BCCI sources)