Sunil Gavaskar believes he was dropped as India captain in 1979 as a result of he was open about getting a suggestion to affix the Kerry Packer World Series Cricket.
Gavaskar had led India to a house collection win towards West Indies and had scored greater than 700 runs but was changed as skipper by S Venkataraghavan after the collection.
“I was replaced as captain despite India winning the series against the West Indies (1978-79) and in which I got more than 700 runs. I still don’t know the reason for it, but can only surmise that it was because I had been pretty open about the offer to join Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. However, I signed the BCCI contract before the selection, thereby proving where my loyalties lay,” Gavaskar wrote in his Mid-Day column.
Gavaskar additionally spoke about how he needed to persuade selectors to stay with Bishan Singh Bedi, who was on the chopping block as a result of he led India once they misplaced a collection in Pakistan.
He additional added that he was unable to alter the selectors’ minds about selecting Rajinder Goel or Padmakar Shivalkar for the Indian staff.
“The committee decided to drop Mr BS Bedi after three Test matches. In fact, they wanted to drop him straightaway after I replaced him as skipper after the series loss in Pakistan.
“I argued that he was nonetheless the most effective left-arm spinner within the nation and they also reluctantly agreed to choose him for the primary Test.
“Kapil Dev had simply come on the scene then and together with Karsan Ghavri had fashioned a potent new ball pair for India. The spinners due to this fact did not get the type of spells they had been used to.
“The pitches had been absolute beauties to bat on with little assist for the spinners. The selectors needed to depart out Mr BS Bedi for the second and third Test too, however I managed to persuade them to not.
“Kindly remember the India captain is co-opted to the selection committee but has no vote. However, after the conclusion of the third Test and anticipating that the Chennai pitch was going to be one with more bounce, the selectors went for Dhiraj Parsana, who like Ghavri could bowl both seam and spin.
“This is the place I could not persuade the committee to choose both (Rajinder) Goel Saab or (Padmakar) Shivalkar.”