Sunil Gavaskar, the Little Master from Mumbai, was the man behind India’s batting revolution in 1970-80’s. The Mumbaikar was the first player in the history of game to score over 10,000 runs in Test Cricket. He inspired many children of his generation to transform India into a batting powerhouse that India is nowadays.
Known for his astute presence and never say die attitude on the crease, Gavaskar was also one of the notorious guys off the field. In a recent interview, his former teammate Kiran More revealed how typical personality Gavaskar was off the field especially when it comes to batting in net sessions.
For all the average of 51.12 and 34 International Test Cricket centuries, Gavaskar seldom attended a practice session as seriously as he took strike in International career. Even More was surprised to see the abject transformation that Gavaskar used to bring in himself on the crease.
Remembering those days, More said, “He was one of the worst players I’ve ever seen in the nets. He used to never like practising in the nets. When you see him practice in the nets and he’s going to play in a Test match tomorrow, and when he goes and bats in a Test match it’s 99.9 per cent different,” on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
“When you see him bat in the nets it’s like ‘How is he going to score runs?’ And then when you see him next day morning it’s like ‘Wow’,” More stated.
More, who played with the little master for quite long time, also praised Gavaskar for the immaculate concentration power -that he got as God gift- and ability to stay oblivious to all the chaos outside the field.
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“The best God-given gift given to Sunil Gavaskar is his concentration. The level of concentration he had was unbelievable. Once he would get into his zone, nobody could get close to him or he would not listen to you. If you’re talking next to him or dancing next to him, he’ll be in his zone and he’ll be focussing on his cricket,” More added.