Ind vs Eng: Sunil Gavaskar gives a befitting reply to Nasser Hussain after ‘bullied’ remarks

Ind vs Eng: Sunil Gavaskar gives a befitting reply to Naseer Hussain after England captain calls former India sides 'bullied'; Virat Kohli
Ind vs Eng: Sunil Gavaskar gives a befitting reply to Naseer Hussain after England captain calls former India sides 'bullied'; Virat Kohli

Ind vs Eng: Sunil Gavaskar gives a befitting reply to Nasser Hussain after ‘bullied’ remarks – The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday rebuked former England captain, Nasser Hussain, for his assertion that Indian cricket teams of the bygone era were easily bullied unlike the current side under Virat Kohli.

Gavaskar, the first man to score 10,000 Test runs and someone who toured England five times in his international career (1971, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1986), told Hussain that he would be “very upset” if his generation of cricketers were termed as ones who were “bullied”.

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“You said this India will not be bullied as perhaps the previous generations would be. (I) Belonging to the previous generation, could you perhaps enlighten which generation? And what is the exact meaning of bully?” Gavaskar, also a former India captain, asked Hussain on air.

Nasser Hussain, a respected voice in world cricket, tried to explain what he meant in his column, which wasn’t very different from what Gavaskar had assumed.

IND vs ENG: “I just think, the Indian side under the aggression of the past, would have said ‘no no no’. But what Kohli has done is to make them go doubly hard. I saw a little bit of that in Sourav Ganguly’s side and he started that, and now, Virat is continuing with it. Even when Virat was not there, Ajinkya (Rahane) really went hard at the Australians. I just don’t think you want to wake this Indian side up,” Hussain replied.

Sunil Gavaskar dismissed Nasser Hussain’s claims with some data.

“But when you say previous generations were bullied, I don’t think so. I’d be very upset if my generation was being talked about as being bullied. If you have a look at the record, in 1971 we won, that was my first tour in England.

IND vs ENG: “(In) 1974, we had internal problems so we lost 3-0. (In) 1979, we lost 1-0, it could have been 1-1 if we chased down 438 at the Oval (match ended with India stranded at 429 for 8).

“(In) 1982, we again lost 1-0. In 1986 we won 2-0, we could have won it 3-0. So, I don’t think my generation was bullied.”

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IND vs ENG: While Kohli’s verbal duels with Englishmen did get a lot of traction, Gavaskar feels that being aggressive doesn’t necessarily have to be “in your face”.

“I don’t think aggression means you have always got to be at the face of the opposition. You can show passion, you can show your commitment towards your team without yelling after each fall of wicket,” Sunil Gavaskar said without taking Kohli’s name.

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