Sunil Gavaskar Replies To Nasse Hussain’s Previous Generation Comment
By CricShots - Aug 25, 2021 5:45 pm
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Taking an offense against Former English skipper, Nasser Hussain’s ‘comments of pre-Virat Kohli generation got bullied’ in England, legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar lambasted Nasser Hussain during an interaction in the build-up to the third Test at Headingley in Leeds.

Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain

In his column for the Daily mail, Nasser Hussain wrote, “Virat Kohli is the right man at the right time to lead this formidable India side. His players, in particular the bowlers, want an aggressive captain. They want Kohli stirring things up, as he did so effectively in that brilliant second Test at Lord’s… This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been.”

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A veteran of 125 Tests, Sunil Gavaskar, questioned Hussain during the pre-show aired on Sony Six. He said, “As an Indian player of the previous generation, I felt very bad listening to that [the previous generations got bullied]”.

Defending his opinion, Hussain stated that he feels Kohli’s India is fearless and into their opponent’s face. He acknowledged the change of attitude in the Indian team ever since Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy era, while he reckoned that Kohli has taken that mindset a notch higher.

sunil gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar, went on to remind each one of India’s tours during his career that spanned from 1971 to 1987. He said, “The pre-Kohli Indian generation also didn’t get bullied but played with passion. Aggression doesn’t have to be in your face. Don’t forget India won 1-0 in 1971, 2-0 in 1986 against much better English sides than this one. So, you can’t say previous generations were bullied.”

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Hussain, in his Daily Mail piece, had also mentioned, “They wouldn’t allow themselves to be bullied by Aussie players or crowds — when Tim Paine said, “Wait until we get you to the Gabba”, it just spurred them on. And nothing England can do will bully them now even if Chris Silverwood has said he will fight Indian fire with fire for the rest of this series.”

Notably, Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the eve of the Headingley Test lucidly stated how India will not be taking a backward step if provoked.