India’s dressing room culture, earlier, was different from what it is now. As it is evident, senior players are more friendly with their juniors in the team. They enjoy each other companies without any hesitation but the seniors also get equal respect. But during the 80s and 90s era, the scene was different as Kapil Dev narrates a story in his recent interview. The World Cup-winning captain revealed that he was scared of SrinivasVenkataraghavan when first came into the side in the 1978-79 season.
Venkataraghavan has represented India in 57 Test matches and 15 ODIs. He also captained the team in the first two World Cups and later after retirement, he became the umpire. Kapil Dev, who has played under him, said that Venkataraghavan gave him the chills.
Srinivas Venkataraghavan used to fire up: Kapil Dev
Dev used to hide himself because the senior used to get angry just by seeing his face. Even after Venkataraghavan persuaded his career as an umpire, he scolded the bowlers, said Kapil.
“I was very scared of him. Firstly he only used to speak in English and secondly we all know his anger. Even when he was an umpire he used to give not out in a way as if he was scolding the bowler. When I went to England in 79, he was captain, I used to find a place where he can’t see me,” Kapil Dev said in an interview with former India opener WV Raman.
“We had Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar, so he couldn’t really say much to them. And naturally whenever he saw me, he used to fire up. I used to have breakfast sitting in one corner because I was a heavy eater and he would be like ‘he’s always eating,” he concluded.
Venkataraghavan retired in 1983 after picking up 156 Test and five ODI wickets for India. He also officiated on-field in 73 Test matches and 52 One-day Internationals during his career.