Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar is known to have dominated opposition bowling with his patience. Gavaskar was the first Indian to cross the 10,000 mark in test cricket.
He was one of the most intrepid drummers and played without headphones. Nicknamed the ‘Little Master’ by his fans, Gavaskar was the first batsman to score centuries in two innings of a three-time test match.
The 71-year-old, in a recent interview, named the two most dominant bowlers of his time. Gavaskar chose Australia Jeff thomson for its rhythm and Andy roberts of the West Indies for his ability to deceive well-placed hitters.
“Two bowlers that I feared in terms or pace, and in bowling quality. In terms of pace I think Jeff Thomson was the fastest and in terms of being able to come out anytime it was Andy Roberts, with Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan just below. But Andy had the great ability to get you out even if you went over 100. He was the pitcher you had to be most vigilant against ”, Gavaskar told the Cricket Analyst Show.
When asked about the best drummer of his playing years, Gavaskar was quick to name Windies Viv Richards.
“Who was the best drummer I’ve seen? I think everyone agrees it’s Viv Richards for the way he dominated the opposing attack. I just retired. He must therefore be the best opposition batsman I have seen ”, Gavaskar said.
The cricketer-turned-commentator recently made headlines when he highlighted New Zealand’s campaign against England before the World Test Championship (WTC) Final could backfire if they lost the series.