When it comes to naming the best produced batsman in Indian cricket history, Sunil Gavaskar delivers. The former India captain was the first to achieve 10,000 tests, while taking on some of the deadliest fast bowlers the game has ever seen.
When Gavaskar played for India, world cricket was filled with fast and dangerous bowlers such as the West Indian quartet of Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts, as well as Australians Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee, Imran Khan of Pakistan. , Ian Botham from England and Richard Hadlee from New Zealand.
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Gavaskar played against all of these bowlers and excelled, beating fearlessly without a helmet. While his ODI record was not as impressive as the one he mentioned in Tests, Gavaskar led the way. In a recent interaction on the Cricket Analyst Show on YouTube, the former Indian batsman was asked to name the two fast bowlers of his generation that he “feared”, and Gavaskar mentioned two names that shouldn’t be too shocking.
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“Two bowlers that I feared in terms of the pace and quality of the bowling. In terms of pace I think Jeff Thomson was the fastest and in terms of being able to get out at any time it was Andy Roberts, along with Malcolm Marshall , Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan just below. But Andy had the great ability to get you out even if you went over 100. He was the pitcher you had to be most vigilant against, ”said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar was also asked to name the best drummer of his time belonging to an opposition, from which he chose the great Viv Richards with ease. “Who was the best batsman I’ve seen? I think everyone agrees it’s Viv Richards for the way he dominated the opposing attack. He just took the game away from him. So he has to be the best opposing hitter I’ve seen, ”said Gavaskar.