Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has bashed foreign cricketers as the debates surrounding the Ahmedabad wicket continue to rife. The third Test between India and England ended within two days at the newly built Motera Stadium which stirred a lot of controversy among the cricketing fraternity.
Several England players including Michael Vaughan, David Lloyd, Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook criticised the pitch used for the third Test in Ahmedabad. Some former England players also asked the ICC to punish India after the game ended in two days. India thrashed Joe Root & Co by 10 wickets to take an unassailable lead in the series.
Don’t pay heed to overseas cricketers – Sunil Gavaskar on pitch debates
Meanwhile, the wicket offered spin right from day one as 30 wickets fell within a day and a half. Indian spinner – Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin wreaked havoc to bowl out England for a paltry score of 112 and 81 runs respectively in both innings. It has been a week since then, but the debate surrounding the pitch has shown little signs of coming to an end.
In the wake of it, Sunil Gavaskar has urged the Indian cricket fraternity to stop giving importance to overseas cricketers. The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that the discussion should have been about the spinners’ good performance and not the pitch.
“Absolutely. The discussion should have been about batting and bowling. How can we call a pitch bad where the batsmen were bowled and were dismissed lbw,” Sunil Gavaskar said on Star Sports when asked whether the discussion should have been about the performance of the spinners instead of the pitch.
Speaking further, Sunil Gavaskar also added that the foreign media rarely give importance to Indian players and the Indian cricket fraternity should also do the same. The legendary batsman was seemingly frustrated with how the narration changed from India’s victory to all the debates surrounding the wicket.
“Why do we give so much importance to overseas players? Why should we discuss about what they say? When India get out for 36 or when Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Sehwag say something, does their media say anything? Absolutely not. So why should we give them importance?
“Why don’t we tell them ‘chal phut (roughly translates to get lost), we don’t want to talk to you’. This is what we should do. And when we will stop giving them importance, they will learn their lessons,” said Gavaskar.