Start loving Sunil Gavaskar a little more. Now.

As India prepares to play Australia in a Twenty20 “match”, where, short of blindfolding a bowler and tying his non-bowling arm behind his back, cricket’s money-mad managers roll out a bed of roses for batsmen who didn’t last half an hour in the recent Test series, T.V. MAHALINGAM forwards a YouTube video of a bone-chilling Michael Holding over to Brian Close in the 1976 West Indies-England series.

Almost immediately, your appreciation of “Mr Petulant”, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar goes up. For, you wonder, how did he manage to take on the mightiest of fast bowlers, on uncovered pitches, with no helmet and other protective gear, and still end up scoring 10,000 odd runs?

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