The original little master of cricket, Sunil Gavaskar, is one of the greatest ever batsmen in world cricket to grace the field of the sport. When you are the idol of the world’s greatest batsman, you have got to be something special. Sachin Tendulkar idolized Sunil while growing up. After all, Sachin took over Gavaskar’s throne in Indian cricket and became the new little master.
Sunil Gavaskar played a total of 125 Test matches for the India National Cricket Team. During his stint, he scored more than 10000 runs in the format with a career average of above 50. Apart from it, he also scored more than 3000 runs in 108 games at an average of above 35.
However, former Indian wicket-keeper and the chief selector, Kiran More, has contrary views. He says Sunil Gavaskar was one of the worst players he has ever seen in the nets.
Kiran More Ridicules Sunil Gavaskar’s Batting In The Nets
More, who played with Gavaskar for nearly four years for India, wondered how the batsman would pile runs against opposition after seeing him struggle in the nets.
“He was one of the worst players I’ve ever seen in the nets,” More said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
“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. 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 added.
“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,” the former India wicketkeeper added.
Sunil Gavaskar Was Very Disciplined: Kiran More
Recalling one of the domestic matches More played with Gavaskar, the former India wicketkeeper from Mumbai narrated how the batsman once fell for a score of less than 50 and upon returning to the dressing room, he’d be fuming and upset with himself for not getting a big score.
“Sunil was very disciplined. I remember when I came into the Indian team, we played a lot of domestic cricket together for the West Zone. I remember a Test match at Wankhede and Sunil got out for about 40 or 30. And when he came back, there was nobody in the dressing room. Everybody was running around, in every corner they were trying to hide,” More revealed.
“He came inside the dressing room and he threw his gloves, he was so upset because he got out for 30 or 40. He used to never like it. If he got out for a duck or five runs or 10 runs, he’s fine, but if he’s batting there for one hour and gets out, he used to hate that. ‘How can I get out?’ But he was very highly regarded, respected in the dressing room,” he added.