Sunil Gavaskar, one of the world's greatest batsmen, wrote that he was removed from the captaincy even after winning the series against the West Indies, while in this series he scored more than 700 runs.
Edited By Tarun Vats | IANS | Updated: 29 Jun 2020, 07:15:00 PM IST
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, one of the legendary batsmen, has said that he has not yet understood why he was removed from the captaincy even after winning the Test series against the West Indies at home in 1978–79. He also scored more than 700 runs in this series. India won the six-match series 1–0.
After this series, S. in place of Gavaskar. Venkataraghavan was named captain of the team. Gavaskar wrote in his column in the English newspaper Mid-Day, “Even after winning the series against the West Indies, I was removed from the captaincy even though I had scored more than 700 runs in this series. I do not yet know the reason for this. '
He further wrote, '… but perhaps I was willing to join the Carrie Packer World Series cricket at that time. Therefore it may have been removed. Before the selection, I tied up with the BCCI and told what I am loyal to. '
Gavaskar, 70, told how he persuaded the selectors to keep Bishan Singh Bedi in the team. Gavaskar wrote, “The committee had decided that he would remove Bedi after three matches. When I took over as captain after the Pakistan series, the committee wanted to remove him. I said that he is still the best left-arm spinner in the country and so he gave him a chance in the first Test match. '
Gavaskar gave this answer on Indo-Pak series
Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and 108 ODIs in a career. He has 10122 runs in Tests and 3092 runs in ODIs. He is the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.