Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has advised the Indian media to ignore remarks made by foreign players and experts about the Indian cricket team. Gavaskar was responding to comments made by former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who had accused India of being “scared” to play Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023.
The tournament is being co-hosted by Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but India has refused to send its team to Pakistan due to security concerns. As a result, the matches between India and Pakistan will be played in Sri Lanka. Sethi had said that India was only avoiding playing Pakistan in Pakistan because they were afraid of losing. Gavaskar, however, dismissed Sethi’s comments, saying that India has nothing to fear from Pakistan.
“We have nothing to be scared of,” Sunil Gavaskar said. “We have beaten Pakistan in their own backyard many times. We have beaten them in India many times. So, there is no question of being scared.”
Sunil Gavaskar also criticized the Indian media for giving too much attention to the comments of foreign players and experts about the Indian team.
“I don’t know why our media gives so much importance to what foreign players and experts say about our team,” he said. “They are not selectors. They don’t know what is best for the Indian team. So, why should we pay attention to them?”
Gavaskar said that the Indian media should focus on reporting on the Indian team’s performances, rather than on what foreign players and experts say. “We should focus on our own team and what they are doing,” he said. “We should not worry about what others are saying.”
Sunil Gavaskar’s comments come at a time when there is a lot of tension between India and Pakistan. The two countries have not played a bilateral cricket series since 2012. However, Gavaskar said that he believes that India and Pakistan will eventually play each other again.
“I am sure that India and Pakistan will play each other again,” he said. “It is just a matter of time.” In the meantime, Sunil Gavaskar urged the Indian media to ignore the comments of foreign players and experts about the Indian cricket team. “We should focus on our own team and what they are doing,” he said. “We should not worry about what others are saying.”