The epithets of colossus and regal had been reserved for Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath nonetheless Dilip Vengsarkar has no regrets that he used to be no longer as feted as his two renowned colleagues, saying he cherished an “extraordinarily stress-free” profession.
Vengsarkar, who turned 64 on Monday, used to be India’s batting mainstay one day of the mid 80s when he outscored the iconic Gavaskar as his honest stance and potential to play swing and spin with aplomb used to be a pride for Test afficianados.
In an interview with PTI, Vengsarkar spoke about his enriching dawdle as an India player for 16 years.
“After I uncover lend a hand, it’s been a in point of fact utterly ecstatic and stress-free dawdle. Taking half in 116 Assessments for India is the largest satisfaction. Add to it, the 129 ODIs, winning World Cup and World Championship of Cricket. And to high it all, being an India captain. It used to be a mammoth dawdle,” the ‘Colonel’ said one day of an interplay.
Being the handiest global cricketer out of doors England to hit three tons of at Lord’s and lift six centuries at home against the fearsome West Indies attack of the 70s and 80s, does he feel that he did no longer procure the reputation he deserved.
“That’s most ceaselessly future,” Vegsarkar said in a pragmatic tone. “You needed to work laborious, play honestly and uncover matches to your team. That will procure to be the aim for every cricketer. Whatever accomplishments that come along the methodology and whatever recognition you procure, whether or no longer you bought your due or no longer, it is purely future,” the stalwart added.
Vengsarkar did fall out of favour with cricket institution in 1989 when he played a few pleasant matches (‘Masala Matches used to be the coinage frail in Indian cricket) within the United States and used to be stripped of captaincy.
He missed a sequence in Pakistan and likewise missed a sequence in Current Zealand (attributable to harm). By the time he came lend a hand for the Australia sequence, he used to be on the kill of his profession.
Ending with nearly 7000 Test runs (6868), does it ache him that he doubtlessly may perchance presumably presumably procure closed in on would be 9000 runs had his profession no longer hit a roadblock after the 1989 tour of West Indies.
“Accurate treasure in lifestyles, there are seemingly to be no ifs and buts in cricket. In hindsight, you may perchance presumably presumably relate so many things nonetheless I don’t imagine in ifs and buts. So whatever took situation had took situation.”
In this day and age, Indian batsmen are seen struggling against spinners be it Moeen Ali or Nathan Lyon then again it used to be Vengsarkar’s smashing hundred as a teen against the likes of Bedi and Prasanna (Mumbai vs Leisure of India in Irani Cup) that got him rapid-tracked into the Indian team.
“In this day and age, amount of world cricket is colossal. In my time, I had more than a few time to play domestic matches treasure Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy. I played more than a few club cricket for Dadar Union even after I used to be a longtime India player. I played situation of job cricket.”
Taking half in high spinners in domestic cricket made him the player that he used to be.
“In the domestic circuit, we got probability to face likes of Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar or Rajinder Goel in Ranji Trophy games. You needed to raise the bar against these world class bowlers.
“Unfortunately, the present technology, they don’t procure an more than a few to play domestic cricket. when you happen to are no longer playing domestic cricket then you definately alter. Fast or spin, its abut adjustment. Base line is scoring runs whether or no longer you are playing at Lord’s, Headingey or Eden Gardens.
“Read the wicket, see the problem, adapt to the wicket is what matters. Those stuff you learn as you play more,” he said.