Gavaskar lashed out at Nasser Hussain for his ‘nice’ statement.

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Former, English captain, Nasser Hussain commented about; Indian team before Sourav Ganguly was “nice”. But after Ganguly; became captain, Indian team bacame ‘tough’.

“I have always said, and this is a generalisation; but I have always said about Ganguly, that he made India a tougher side. So, before Ganguly; they were a very talented side, but you felt they were also a nice side very down to earth; would meet you with morning greetings, morning Nasser, it was a very pleasant experience,” Hussain had said.

These remarks on the previous Indian teams have not got well with legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar. The little master, who recently turned 71, has questioned Nasser Hussain’s perception. Gavaskar replied sharply by writing :

“Nasser [Hussain] went on to say that earlier the team would be wishing the opposition good morning and smiling at them etc. See this perception: That if you are nice then you are weak. That unless you are in the face of the opposition, you are not tough,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day on Sunday.

“Is he suggesting that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh to name; just a few were not tough? That just because they went about their business without any chest-thumping, swearing, screaming and pumping their arms in obscene gestures, they were weak?”

Gavaskar also slammed Hussain for his remark; and questioned Hussain’s knowledge of the Indian team before Ganguly was appointed captain. He said that there were enough tough dudes in Indian side before that.

“And what does he know of the toughness of the teams in the Seventies and Eighties, which won overseas as well as at home to make that statement? Yes, Ganguly was a top captain, taking over the reins at a most delicate time in Indian cricket, but to say that earlier teams were not tough is nonsense,” Gavaskar said.

“It’s about time the TV guys stopped using head-nodders; when aspersions are cast on our cricket history; and use people who will stand up; and counter this bullying which actually consolidates the perception that we are too nice and therefore not tough,”he signed off.

Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in a career; and now stands at number 12 on the group of 13 players with 10,000-plus Test runs. Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the; Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India.

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