SUNIL GAVASKAR

  • IPL 8: Sunil Gavaskar cheekily asks Virat Kohli 'is she here' April 11, 2015

    Kolkata: Cricket legend and commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday found himself at the wrong end of the social media over his act of asking Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli "is she here" in an apparent reference to his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma. During the toss for Royal's match against Kolkata...
  • World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar advises India to bat first and post a big total March 25, 2015

    Former captain Sunil Gavaskar tipped Australia as favourites to win thursday's high-voltage cricket World Cup semi-final against India but said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side can beat the hosts if they bat first and put up a big total. "Australia are favourites because they have psychological advantage of having beaten India in...
  • Well-deserved World Cup final for New Zealand: Sunil Gavaskar March 24, 2015

    Sydney: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing "outstanding" cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves at Auckland today. Playing in their seventh World Cup semi-final, New Zealand, who have...
  • World Cup 2015: India combining well as a bowling unit, says Sunil Gavaskar March 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday said that the bowlers have combined well as a unit to pick all the opposition wickets in the seven wins on the trot in the ongoing cricket World Cup. India, who thrashed...
  • World Cup: India expected to beat Bangladesh but it may not be easy, says Sunil Gavaskar March 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar expects India to beat Bangladesh in their cricket World Cup quarter-final fixture at the MCG on Thursday but says it may not be as easy for the defending champions as people think it is. "Bangladesh have a good batting line-up. Mahmudullah can take any game away,...
  • World Cup: Gavaskar warns India to not take it easy against Bangladesh March 13, 2015

    Auckland: Terming Bangladesh a dangerous side on current form, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday warned Indian players to not take their eastern neighbours lightly when the two teams meet in the cricket World Cup knock-out stage at the MCG on March 19. India are certain to top Group B even...
  • World Cup 2015: India need to tighten batting, says Gavaskar March 9, 2015

    Hamilton: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels India need to tighten up their batting and go full throttle against Ireland tomorrow to emerge as group table-toppers in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. Defending champions India will take on Ireland here in their fifth match of the World Cup and Gavaskar said...
  • Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman advise Virat Kohli to end row with journalist March 5, 2015

    Perth: Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour towards a journalist recently, former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman on Thursday called on the star batsman to resolve the row amicably with the concerned scribe. Gavaskar and Laxman admitted that dealing with the media was never easy but they...
  • India are playing best cricket of World Cup 2015: Brian Lara February 27, 2015

    Perth: Insisting that India are currently playing the "best cricket of the World Cup", West Indies batting legend Brian Lara feels that the defending champions must test their bench strength against minnows UAE in a Pool B match here on Saturday. Lara said by testing a few reserve players against weaker...
  • Sunil Gavaskar floored by 'natural cricketers' from Afghanistan February 26, 2015

    Melbourne: Sunil Gavaskar has predicted a bright future for Afghanistan after their first ever World Cup win on Thursday, saying the players from the strife-torn come across as "natural cricketers", reminding him of West Indies' greats of the past. "They come across as natural cricketers, like the players of the past...
  • World Cup 2015: Kirsten's presence in SA camp won't make much difference, says Gavaskar February 19, 2015

    Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell on Wednesday felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders. South Africa have hired...
  • 'Gary Kirsten's presence in SA camp won't make much difference' February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell on Wednesday felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders. South Africa have...
  • Yuvraj deserves every penny for his yeoman service: Gavaskar February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday endorsed Delhi Daredevils splurging Rs 16 crore on Yuvraj Singh in the IPL 8 auction, saying the flamboyant allrounder "deserves every penny for his yeoman service" to Indian cricket. "I am really happy for him, look at what he has gone through. He...
  • Cricket World Cup and family affair February 16, 2015

    Sydney: When Mitchell Marsh stunned England with a five-wicket haul in co-hosts Australia's 111-run thrashing of England in their opening World Cup match it represented the latest chapter in a remarkable family history. Saturday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was Marsh's World Cup debut and his return came 28 years...
  • World Cup 2015: Former Indian cricketers laud Team India after win against Pakistan February 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Crediting India's emphatic win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's mature captaincy, cricket legend Kapil Dev on Sunday said the Indian skipper used his experience really well and was spot on with field placements. "This Pakistan team lacks maturity but we seem to have...
  • Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman criticise World Cup format February 12, 2015

    Sydney: Legendary players Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman on Thursday lambasted the format of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, saying that the inclusion of the ICC Associate members could reduce the intensity of competition. Gavaskar and Laxman said making the showpiece event a 14-team affair with the inclusion of the likes...
  • Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappell tip India to beat Pakistan again in WC February 11, 2015

    Sydney: Legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan, saying that past history and better acclimatisation to Australian conditions could tilt the balance in favour of the defending champions. India have beaten Pakistan in all the cricket World Cup...
  • World Cup 2015 will be most competitive ever, says Sunil Gavaskar February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the 2015 cricket World Cup beginning on February 14 in Australia and New Zealand will be "most competitive" edition ever as many teams can win the title. "Will Australia do it this time, or New Zealand, who are gelling and combining so...
  • World Cup Flashback: Gavaskar's bizarre batting in 1975 February 2, 2015

    Three months after the death of legendary cricket wordsmith Neville Cardus, who vividly portrayed the romance of the traditional game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1975 held the first World Cup -- an event that in subsequent years catalysed mind-boggling changes in the 22- yard game, multiplying the thrill,...
  • MS Dhoni did look short of ideas at Perth, feels Sunil Gavaskar January 30, 2015

    Perth: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran "short of ideas" in Friday's loss against England at Perth. Asked why India's most successful bowler Stuart Binny (3/33 in 8 overs) wasn't given an opportunity to complete his full quota of 10 overs, Gavaskar said:"You have...
  • Sunil Gavaskar blasts Indian bowlers, wants Ishant out of team January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours. After failing to take 20 wickets in the 2-0 Test series defeat against Australia,...
  • We should look for a fresh set of bowlers: Sunil Gavaskar January 10, 2015

    Sydney: Coming down heavily on the Indian bowling attack in Australia, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said that it's time "we look for a fresh set of bowlers" in the Test ranks to ensure better showing in overseas conditions. The attack comprising Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav...
  • Yuvraj or no Yuvraj, it's time to back Team India's World Cup defence January 7, 2015

    India's World Cup squad announcement turned into 'Campaign Yuvraj' 48 hours before the selection meeting, with emotional fans shouting their lungs off for his return and the media hinging that unlikely comeback on Ravindra Jadeja's injury and Yuvi's hat-trick of first-class centuries for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. But Sandeep...
  • Sunil Gavaskar all praise for India's World Cup squad January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said while India's batting line-up for the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup looks formidable, the allrounders in the side are expected to play a major role in defending the title at the quadrennial extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand. The Indian selectors on...
  • Virat Kohli's aggression can be counter-productive: Sunil Gavaskar December 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third cricket Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall. Australia have taken a massive 326-run...
  • Indian bowling attack is hopeless: Sunil Gavaskar December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar was scathing in his criticism after Ishant Sharma and company conceded 500 runs for the third time in the ongoing Test series against Australia, saying that he has "no expectations" from the Indian bowling attack and termed it "hopeless". Asked if the performance of Indian...
  • I regret my act of dissent in 1981: Sunil Gavaskar December 27, 2014

    Melbourne: Almost three decades after the infamous walkout incident in the Melbourne cricket Test which generated huge controversy, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, on Saturday, regretted his act of dissent and said that it was a big mistake on his part. In the 1981 series that had been dogged by some...
  • India bowled best in series so far, says Sunil Gavaskar December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday rated India's bowling on the opening day of the third cricket Test against Australia as their best performance in the series so far but reminded that lack of quality bowling all-rounder could hurt the visitors again going into day two. India restricted...
  • Sunil Gavaskar defends MS Dhoni on 'unrest' remark December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his "unrest" comment that got the media talking about a rift within the Indian cricket team in Australia, saying that the Indian captain might have chosen a wrong word to describe the situation. Dhoni made the comment in...
  • Team India should avoid verbal spats with Australians: Gavaskar December 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday advised the Indian team to avoid verbal spats with their Australian counterparts as he feels the country's cricketers are not as well equipped to deal with sledging as the ones from Down Under. A day after Rohit Sharma got into a verbal spat...