Former skipper and Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar on his conversation with TOI has mentioned how Dhoni’s knock of 37 in 59 deliveries reminded him of his infamous play of 36 runs in 174 deliveries in the 1975 World Cup Campaign at the same venue.
Sunil Gavaskar on MS Dhoni’s ultra-defensive innings
The little master who has a special liking towards MS Dhoni came out in support for him, following his sluggish performance in the 2nd ODI game at Lord’s, which could have given the Indian unit a historic series win under English conditions. Following a 2-1 win in the T20i series, the visitors were eyeing for a win in this enthralling contest but failed as a unit to deliver the required results.
“Dhoni’s struggle was understandable because when he confronted with an impossible situation, the options get limited and the mind becomes negative. Then all the good shots go straight to the fielder to add to the dot balls and the pressure becomes too much. Dhoni’s struggle reminded me of my most infamous innings at the same venue” said the 68-year-old.
Sunil Gavaskar’s test prowess was put to test during his 1975 innings
Sunil Gavaskar’s knock of 36 runs in 174 deliveries is also regarded as one of the most selfish innings in the history of cricket. The incident took place way back in 1975, during the 1st game of World Cup contest when they had to chase a jaw-dropping total of 334 in 60 overs game, which India lost by a margin of whopping 202 runs while losing mere 3 wickets in the process.
Gavaskar remained unbeaten throughout the duel, as he applied his test batting prowess in the riveting World Cup game, thinking the total to be way out of chase limits.
On a similar note, former skipper MS Dhoni stayed on the crease for good 10 overs, with only 2 boundaries under his name in this highly controversial innings before departing in the 47th over with 100 runs still remaining to be covered.
Gavaskar on India’s chance for a win in the 3 match ODI series
The little master feels that Indian team can still prance hard on the opponents in the final game and seal off the series on a winning note.
“There is no need to panic though as India can turn it around with some disciplined bowling and building partnerships while batting. What Lord’s has shown through is that England is the number 1 side for a reason and that India will have to lift their game to win the series” said the Indian batting legend with 34 test hundreds under his belt.