Sunil Gavaskar Recalls Batting with Ajit Wadekar’s Pads amid lockdown
By CricShotsStaff - Jun 1, 2020 2:44 pm
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With no cricket going on, all the cricketers have a lot of free time on their hands right now. The cricketing fraternity has taken over the internet with everyone stuck indoors. Many cricketers have also been proactive on their social media in the lowdown. Players coaches, pundits, everyone is keeping busy by giving digital interviews and using social media to interact with their fans.  Similarly India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar recalls his early days of playing the sport. Gavaskar speaks on how he once had to bat with Ajit Wadekar’s pads.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar recalled the incident that happened when he was playing for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.

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He said, ” I had missed one Ranji game because I was in Sri Lanka and somebody else had got runs so there was no place for me. So on the morning of this match where I was just a 12th man, our captain Ajit Wadekar got injured during fielding practice. This happened before the toss and so I was picked to play in his place.

Gavaskar added, “These days everyone carries these big kit bags but back then we had a little bag in which we put our shoes and socks and maybe a change. And so I hadn’t carried my pads or gloves and now what to do! So I called my mother up and asked her to please bring my pads. At that stage, we didn’t know if we were batting and it later turned out that we were batting first. So then, I used Ajit Wadekar’s pads.”

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The little master added how it wasn’t comfortable for him since Wadekar is a left-handed batsman. “So the portion of the pad which protects your front calf wasn’t quite there but somehow I managed to get a hundred in that game.”