Off The Field

Gaekwad has given Indian cricket everything, says Gavaskar

Written by Toshi Pawar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday said Aunshuman Gaekwad has given Indian cricket everything as a player, as a coach, as an administrator and as a selector.

Gavaskar also praised his former teammate for showing guts against the menacing West Indian fast bowlers early on in his career.

During the launch of Gaekwad’s biography “Guts Amidst Bloodbath” here on Friday at the Brabourne Stadium, Gavaskar recalled his days opening for India alongside the former and the blow he took on his head during the Jamaica Test in 1976.

“With Aunshu being hit on the head, it was never a pleasant experience. The way he had been shaping up was unbelievable. We had won the previous Test, we had chased 400 which was a record, when we came into the last Test the series was 1-1.
“The West Indies and Clive Lloyd were desperate, they had just come in from a hammering by Australia in Australia 5-1, he was desperate to keep his captaincy, to win,” Gavaskar said.

“He won the toss and asked us to bat first. On Day One at lunch, we were together. At lunchtime, they must have had some discussion and suddenly the whole tactics changed. After lunch, Michael Holding, Wayne Daniel and everybody started coming down the wicket, bowling four or five bounces and one beamer. It was a test of fire.
“Both of us were ducking and leaving as much as we could but beamers were the difficult one – they were not out-lawed at that stage. The pitch had a lot of bounce and carry, the ball would sometimes get off the length which is what happened to Aunshu. Before he could do anything, it struck him,” he added.

Gavaskar recalled how he accompanied Gaekwad to the hospital in an ambulance.
“We had to take him to a hospital. The fact that Aunshu showed the guts that he did, every time there was a series against the West Indies, Aunshu was always recalled to the team. If it was West Indies, it was Aunshu, but if it was some other series, it was some other partner… because of his guts.

“And so those are the guts we have seen on the field, guts to speak his mind off the field as well, which is why he is what he is – a very well respected figure in Indian cricket,” he said.

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