Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border-Gavaskar trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border-Gavaskar trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said he was disappointed because he would not be in Australia to present the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India at the end of the four-Test series in Sydney.India had won back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in early 2017 when they beat Australia 2-1. This year, India have an invincible 2-1 lead and will retain the trophy even if they lose the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.However, when Virat Kohli walks out to take the trophy on the last day of the New Year’s Test, Sunil Gavaskar will not be present alongside Allan Border.Either due to administrative negligence or indifference from Cricket Australia, Gavaskar will not be able to attend the trophy presentation.”I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,” Gavaskar had told India Today last week.’Disappointed’In another exclusive interview with India Today, Gavaskar said it would have been wonderful to go to Australia and meet his old friends Allan Border and Ian Chappell.”Disappointed. It would have been wonderful to be there. Not only I would have had the opportunity to meet up with Allan Border, who was a good friend of mine but also with Ian Chappell and some of my friends there in Sydney, Australia. But that’s how it is. I am quite happy therefore watching India win from Mumbai,” he said.advertisementFormer CA chief executive James Sutherland had invited the batting great as early as May to be present for the trophy presentation ceremony. However, following Sutherland’s resignation that came after the fallout due to the infamous ball-tampering scandal, Gavaskar had not received any communication from the apex body of Australian cricket.Gavaskar, though, is part of the ongoing four-match series in Australia, thanks to his association with Sony as a broadcaster. And he is certainly happy that Virat Kohli’s’ Team India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which came into existence in 1996 in a bid to honour the two greats of the game.India are in control of the Sydney Test: GavaskarMeanwhile, Gavaskar praised Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his third hundred in the ongoing Test series. He is the leading run-scorer with 458 runs from seven innings so far and there is every chance he will get many more tomorrow.Gavaskar said he was happy Pujara’s technical adjustments were paying off.”Very happy for Pujara because of the adjustments he has made. If you look at old videos of Pujara, he was playing a lot lower and now he is standing upright and playing a little higher.”But the pitches in this series have not been as hard and bouncy as normal Australian pitches. But there is nothing to take away from Pujara’s desire to score runs,” Gavaskar said.India went to stumps on the opening day of the fourth Test on 303 for 4 thanks to Pujara’s unbeaten 130 and Mayank Agarwal’s 77.Gavaskar said India are in control of the ongoing series finale in Sydney.”India are in control having scored over 300 runs – more than anything else, I am happy for Kapil Dev. In the past, whenever the New Year’s Tests would be played, Kapil (whose birthday is on January 6) did not have good birthdays because India would invariably lose those New Year’s Tests. Kapil would be able to celebrate his birthday in style this year,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Why Cheteshwar Pujara reminds Michael Clarke of Brian Lara and Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Heartbroken but happy: Mayank Agarwal’s coach reacts after India opener misses ton at SCGAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machinelast_img

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