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