Deccan Chronicle – Ask Sunil Gavaskar to pick his best Test innings, he’ll sally past five double centuries and 29 others besides to settle on 57 he made against England at Old Trafford on his first tour there in 1971.

Summary

  • Ask Sunil Gavaskar to pick his best Test innings, he’ll sally past five double centuries and 29 others besides to settle on 57 he made against England at Old Trafford on his first tour there in 1971.
  • India’s defeat in the first Test against South Africa is the context for this sermonizing.
  • Apart from debating the playing XI, which was a lot of wisdom in hindsight and not germane to the result, two other issues were also hotly discussed: quality of the Newlands pitch and experience (or lack of) in the Indian batting.
  • For instance, because the first Test ended in under three (playing) days, there were murmurs — thankfully not from the team and captain — that the Newlands pitch was not Test worthy.
  • The others have all been around for 8-10 years in Test and/or first-class cricket: enough time to deliver results anywhere.


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