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Gavaskar Recalls How Imran Khan Challenged Him to Delay His Retirement Plans

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Sunil Gavaskar has revealed how Imran Khan, who was sworn in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, challenged him to postpone his retirement. The former Indian captain had plans of retiring from all formats of the game after India’s tour to England in 1986. However, when Gavaskar met Imran for a Lunch in London, the Pakistan captain told the ‘Little Master’ to delay his plans and witness Pakistan beating India in India.

“’You can’t retire now. Pakistan is coming to India next year and I want to beat India in India. If you aren’t part of that team, it won’t be the same. Come on, let’s have one last tilt against each other,'” Gavaskar wrote in his column in Times Of India about his conversation with Imran.

“I said if the announcement of the tour wasn’t made before the final Test, I would go ahead and announce my retirement from international cricket. The tour was indeed announced in a few days.

“Pakistan won the last and final Test of that series after the earlier Tests were all drawn and thus beat India for the first time in India. I didn’t announce my retirement at the end of the Pakistan series as I was keen on playing the MCC bi-centenary Test at Lord’s a little later,” he added.


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