Zola’s Note :

Sunil Gavaskar was controversy’s child. He wrote his autobiography, ‘Sunny Days’,  at the ripe “old” age of 26 and the book was an instant best seller. He confessed that apart from the fact that at that time he was the media’s blue eyed boy, the book’s success  was more due to its controversial contents than the subject matter.

For instance, in one chapter he mentions that he wasn’t in the least impressed by the Lord’s cricket ground – a place that any Indian cricket fanatic would  die to visit. This naturally caused a stir but he has never deviated from that view  to this day.

The ground slopes from one end to the other.  And on one occasion, after England were trailing miserably,  rain came to the rescue and  promptly  Ray Illingworth (captain of England) and  left arm spinner Derek Underwood exploited the conditions  and spun the opposition out of the game…….by having Underwood bowl towards  the slope which soaked up the rain !


My friend Ram Murali was recently in England on a business trip and seized the chance to visit the “Vaikundam” of cricket.


Check out the details of his “darshan” :



Ram Murali blogs at : http://thinkinggotloud.blogspot.in


6 thoughts on “A PILGRIMAGE TO LORD’S

  1. When i Ist heard that he scored 36 runs from 60 Overs to spite his (South) Indian Captain, that was the last i happened to hear or do anything with this paranoid mumbaikar…


  2. Ravishanker – thank you so much for the post. That was so kind of you!
    I have been meaning to do a post on Sunny from my POV of being in the generation of cricket lovers that followed Sachin. I have read, heard and seen so much of Sunny that I am totally fascinated by him, warts and all.
    I will do a post on him this month during the break.
    Thank you so much, once again.


    • Ram Murali : My pleasure entirely. Really looking forward to your POV on Sunny. Im simply unable to communicate the excitement, pressure, anxiety and that high strung feeling my generation felt whenever he walked out to bat. His unique bow legged walk, his stance – he patted the bat exactly once during the bowler’s run up and left his off and middle stump exposed – and his analysis of each shot that he played is embedded in our conscious. What put him streets ahead of any other cricketer was his communication skill and style especially in press conferences abroad.


  3. Haven’t watched him bat, but he would easily figure in my ‘Top three Test batsmen of all time’ list. The level of determination can never be matched by any of the current crop of cricketers. Not sure if it’s true, but somebody told me that on the eve of the 1987 WC match against NZ he swore that he’d score a century, and did so!

    Another fascinating batsman that I always loved watching was Steve Waugh.

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  4. Venkatesh : You’re absolutely spot on. The fact that he played the West Indian pace quartet at its fearsome best and the best fast bowlers of all the countries whether Pakistan, Australia or New Zealand and being a opening batsman to boot truly sets him apart. Sometimes I wonder if too much is made of Glenn Mcgrath compared to Andy Roberts and Michael Holding.

    I had the privilege of watching that century against New Zealand. He was really pumped up since he copped some heavy unjustified criticism of his innings in the previous match against Zimbabwe.

    In the New Zealand match He sent the first ball over the sightscreen !


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