Current: July 13, 2020 10:19:36 am
Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at previous England captain Nasser Hussain for suggesting that India were being not a tricky crew before Sourav Ganguly. He wrote in an intense column that getting courteous should really not be taken as weak point and that Hussain does not know everything of Indian cricket in the 1970s and ’80s.
Crafting for Mid-Day on Sunday, Gavaskar said, “Nasser went on to say that earlier the (Indian) team would be wishing the opposition great morning and smiling at them etc. See this perception: That if you are wonderful then you are weak. That unless you are in the facial area of the opposition, you are not hard.
“Is he suggesting that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, to title just a several, have been not rough? That just since they went about their business enterprise without any chest-thumping, swearing, screaming and pumping their arms in obscene gestures, they were being weak?
“And what does he know of the toughness of the teams in the Seventies and Eighties, which received overseas as nicely as at property to make that assertion? Sure, Ganguly was a prime captain, having in excess of the reins at a most delicate time in Indian cricket, but to say that earlier teams have been not tricky is nonsense,” Gavaskar explained.
Hussain drew Gavaskar’s ire for declaring in the course of a the latest on the net conversation with Harsha Bhogle that Ganguly’s appointment as captain created India tougher, and that India started to acquire additional matches overseas owing to this change in society.
Gavaskar additional, “It’s about time the Television fellas stopped applying head-nodders when aspersions are cast on our cricket heritage and use individuals who will stand up and counter this bullying which truly consolidates the perception that we are far too great and for that reason not tough.”
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