Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lashed out former England captain Nasser Hussain for his comment on the Indian Cricket team not being tough before Saurav Ganguly took captaincy.
“Nasser went on to say that earlier the (Indian) team would be wishing the opposition good morning and smiling at them etc. See this perception: That if you are nice then you are weak. That unless you are in the face of the opposition, you are not tough.” Gavaskar wrote for Mid-Day.
“Is he suggesting that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, to name just a few, were not tough? That just because they went about their business without any chest-thumping, swearing, screaming and pumping their arms in obscene gestures, they were weak?” Gavaskar added.
Sunil Gavaskar, the first batsman to complete 10,000 Test runs reminds Hussain Indian team in the ‘70s and ‘80s won all it’s home and away matches.
“And what does he know of the toughness of the teams in the Seventies and Eighties, which won overseas as well as at home to make that statement? Yes, Ganguly was a top captain, taking over the reins at a most delicate time in Indian cricket, but to say that earlier teams were not tough is nonsense,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar added, “It’s about time the TV guys stopped using head-nodders when aspersions are cast on our cricket history and use people who will stand up and counter this bullying which actually consolidates the perception that we are too nice and therefore not tough.”