Gavaskar Has No Qualifications to Criticise Indian Team
Sunil Gavaskar has described Indian cricket team as a schoolboy team. But Gavaskar played the slowest innings of the world by scoring 36 in 60 overs, denying other Indian players a chance to go for victory. Gavaskar was jealous of Kapil Dev and he dropped Kapil to deny him a world record of playing continuously in 100 test matches.
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Gavaskar has no qualifications to criticise Indian team
School boy team?
Recently, the former Indian cricket captain and star opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar stated that the present Indian cricket team is nothing but a bunch of school boys. Really? No doubt, the present Indian team is facing severe drubbing from the English players and injuries to its stars have aggravated the problem. But is Gavaskar’s statement true?
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Is Gavaskar qualified to speak?
Before we examine this statement, it is imperative to ask a counter question. Is Sunil Gavaskar a qualified person to speak about team performance, skills and producing results? What was Gavaskar’s record in his playing days? Let us go back to the first World Cup, which was held in England in 1975 under the name of Prudential World Cup. Srinivas Venkataraghavan (the current umpire) was the captain of the Indian team at that time. India met England in its first match. England scored a whopping 330 plus in its sixty overs (in those days, one day matches were played with sixty overs each side). India chased the impossible target under pressure.
What was required at that time was a breezy start by the star opening batsman Gavaskar. India’s honour was in his hands. Whether India won or not, an attempt should have been made to chase the target. India’s captain Venkataraghavan would have definitely instructed Gavaskar to go for runs. But what did Gavaskar do? He played the entire sixty overs and scored a paltry 36 not out. Evan a Zimbabwe player or a Bangladesh player would have played better. Even if Gavaskar had got out trying to hit a ball, it would have been better as other batsmen would have attempted to hit the winning target. But Gavaskar, by occupying the crease, denied other Indian batsmen also the chance to go for the runs. In other words, he blocked India’s chance single handily. Gavaskar’s 36 not out in 60 overs is the slowest innings till to date in any form of cricket – test, one day and 20-20. Why did Gavaskar play like this? After the match, he boasted to the press reporters that he treated the match as a practice. Imagine, a player playing a worst innings and boasting about it?