50 years after his Test debut, Sunil Gavaskar opens up to TOI about cricket and life
Long before the cable TV revolution and social media boom, the faithful transistor was Indian fan’s best buddy. It was an era when the West Indies produced some of the greatest quicks the world has ever seen, Australia had Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, Pakistan had Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz. India didn’t have the firepower with the ball to match them, but then, they had Sunil Gavaskar, the man who could blunt them all.
Today marks 50 years since the game’s greatest opening batsman, first played international cricket, against West Indies at Port of Spain. In an interview with TOI, Gavaskar talks about that smashing start in the Caribbean in 1971, his fascinating journey, the best cricketers he played against and his knocks that are part of folklore.
Fifty years since your debut. What do you remember about that day?
What I remember even today is the sense of pride and happiness at being finally able to wear the India cap. The cap had been given as part of our tourism kit like blazer, sweater, etc., but I didn’t wear it in the few First-Class gamers we played before the Test match
774 runs in your debut series. No one has been able to match that performance. What was the secret of that start ?
Pure luck. Imagine the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Garfield Sobers dropping me twice even before I had settled in!
News Source: Times Of India