The head coach of India, Ravi Shastri unveiled a portrait of former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar which will be kept at the Bowral Museum, a day before the start of the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The four-match Test series is currently all square at 1-1 with two more Tests to go in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.
Ravi Shastri played under the captaincy of Sunil Gavaskar and the latter was arguably India’s greatest batsman during the era thanks to his assured and consistent batting performances. Shastri also launched a book titled, “India’s 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia“.
‘Nothing fazed Gavaskar’ – Ravi Shastri
Talking at the unveiling, Ravi Shastri said in a video posted by BCCI, “Gavaskar is easily the best opening batsman I have ever seen. I had the privilege to play under him. He was the master tactician, nothing fazed him. 13 hundred against West Indies is a tribute to the way he played the game and in his prime, he was called the Mumbai Bradman when he was getting all those hundreds. For me it’s an honour to unveil this.”
Speaking about the aforesaid book, he said, “It was an honour because the history of Indian cricket and Australian cricket goes deep. I was fascinated after reading the first four or five chapters of this book. You get goosebumps in the early stages, Lala Amarnath coming here, Vinoo Mankad coming here. Bradman playing against India and India playing against New South Wales, Hazare getting 200, it’s fascinating.”