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Was Sunil Gavaskar Behind Dropping Kapil Dev in 1984 Kolkata Test? Little Master Answers

Gavaskar added that he "might be a lot of things" but not stupid to drop his only match-winner.

Was Sunil Gavaskar Behind Dropping Kapil Dev in 1984 Kolkata Test? Little Master Answers

It’s been 50 years since “little master” Sunil Gavaskar, the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up in the ’70s and ’80s, made his debut against a fiery West Indies side. The 71-year-old legendary batsman remains as important to the game even today, with his expert takes on in the commentary box and TV studios. Besides scoring 10,122 runs in Tests, a world record for decades before Sachin Tendulkar broke it, Gavaskar also led the country on the cricket field between 1976 to 1985. He led the pack with stars such as Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri, to name just a few.

Even though KapilandGavaskar are considered friends on and off the field, one particular instance has often disputed this. The incident dates back to 1984,when England were touring India and the two sides were preparing to lock horns in a Test in Kolkata. Kapil didn’t feature in the playing XI but India went on to win the game by 8 wickets. Speaking to Sports Today, Gavaskar clarified that it wasn’t his proposal to drop Kapil from playing XI, adding this has been spread like some sort of a “myth” for a long time. The star batsman, who scored over 3,000 runs in ODIs, said he was only part of the selection committee in the capacity of the Indian captain and the “proposal to drop Kapil ” came from another selector.

Gavaskar added that he “might be a lot of things” but not stupid to drop his only match-winner. Shedding light on his relationship with the world cup winning captain, the legendary batsman said all the two had for each other was mutual respect and there was no bitterness for that once incident.

Gavaskar added that Kapil’s friend circle was different from his since the latter was at least a decade younger, adding his circle of friends even today is different. But, he added, that in no way meant the two legends of Indian cricket didn’t like each other. The “little master” further said that even today there are rumours that two stalwarts of the side don’t get along, but they mean nothing.

The reason behind people spreading such rumours, Gavaskar says, is the nature and popularity of cricket as a game in India.

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