Ladies Study Group felicitated Sunil Gavaskar, a former cricketer who played during the 1970s and 1980s for India. Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsman in cricket history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by any batsman. He held the record of 34 Test centuries for almost two decades.
Gaurav Kapur, a live wire, Indian actor and television presenter known for being the host of the pre-match Indian Premier League show, Extraaa Innings T20, moderated the event brilliantly and put Gavaskar at much ease. Happy to settle down to a ‘perfect banter’, the conversation gets synchronized, the conversation transcended onto another planar level i.e. behind the scenes…episodes from the changing rooms…to bicker bantering on the field and much more.
Gavaskar on being complimented on his youthful demeanor, quoted-“50’s is the youth of old age” which had ‘female skewed audience’ in splits. He reminisced as to how he never adorned a metal skullcap rather than a helmet, which would have been devastating if he encountered a hit as, explained by a neurosurgeon years late.
He categorically mentioned in spite of technology not being advanced, not having the risk of being heard, there was hardly any sledging on the field in his time. There was only banter and nothing personal. He shared close proximity with his opponents as oppose to today, whereby, being friendly with the opponent is considered a hindrance in the player’s performance and bringing down the intensity of the game.
Gavaskar shared stories of the ‘Sunday Club’, which was formed to break barriers between juniors and seniors. Winning the “World Cup” was the most joyful and exhilarating experience of his cricket life!
It was difficult to encapsulate Gavaskar’s whole cricket career, nevertheless, Kapur did an incredible job. Their subtle nuances of cricket, fun and life left all of us enthralled. It was an incomparable evening.