Had tears in my eyes when Virat Kohli lifted Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBatting great Sunil Gavaskar said his eyes welled up with tears when he watched India lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney on Monday after beating Australia in Australia in a Test series for the first time.Gavaskar, who missed the trophy presentation earlier in the day due to administrative negligence from Cricket Australia (CA), said seeing the team emerge victorious Down Under was good enough.The fourth and final Test in Sydney ended in a draw despite India posting a mammoth first innings total of 622 for 7 declared as bad weather, it is safe to say, prevented India from winning the series 3-1. Virat Kohli’s men had taken an unassailable 2-1 lead after beating the hosts in Adelaide and Melbourne.”I was very proud [seeing India lift the trophy], I had tears in my eyes because this is a historic moment. It would have been wonderful have been there, to present it. Because it is the first time Australia were defeated in Australia [by India],” Gavaskar told India Today on Monday.”But seeing that presented was good enough because my sentiments were the team. To see them win, to see them lift the trophy was really really wonderful.”Gavaskar had been a constant presence during the trophy presentations of Border-Gavaskar series in the past but the former India captain missed the historic one in Sydney.Speaking to India Today last week, Gavaskar had said he was disappointed that he won’t be able to meet his good friend, Allan Border, Down Under.advertisement”Disappointed. It would have been wonderful to be there. Not only I would have had the opportunity to meet up with Allan Border, who was a good friend of mine but also with Ian Chappell and some of my friends there in Sydney, Australia. But that’s how it is,” Gavaskar had said.Pujara’s patience suited him in Australia: Gavaskar Cheteshwar Pujara finished the Australia series with 521 runs from four matches (Cheteshwar Pujara Twitter Photo)Meanwhile, Gavaskar pointed out that a small technical adjustment Pujara made in the lead up to the Australian tour, helped him bury the memories of a disappointing trip Down Under in 2014-15 and score aplenty.”I think it’s down to the little adjustment that he has made to stand a little bit upright to cater to the bounce on Australian pitches. When you come from the subcontinent, you play a little bit lower, because there isn’t that much bounce in those pitches. So when you sometimes to South Africa and Australia, you can be in trouble. About his patience everybody knows, he has got heaps of it. And that suited him exactly right,” Gavaskar added.While all the focus in the lead up to the series was on captain Virat Kohli, Pujara stole the show, scoring 521 runs in seven innings. The Man of the Series winner blunted out a world-class Australian bowling attack and helped the team create history in Australia.Pujara set the tone as early as the first Test in Adelaide as he batted brilliantly with the tail to score a century and take India from 41 for 4 to 250.Speaking exclusively to India Today earlier in the day, Pujara said: “Well, for me, I think the first hundred at Adelaide was special, because of the kind of situation we were in. And when you’re playing a four-Test series, it’s important to start off well. When you’re 1-0 up, you can be rest assured you have a very good chance to win the Test series. That hundred was very special.”The way I batted, we’re in a bit of trouble. I had a partnership with Ash and later on with the tail-enders. There was a stand with Rohit also. I think it is important to bat sessions, especially in Australia. I think it’s all about preparation, the way I prepared for the series was up to the mark. That’s why I did well.”Also Read | Jadeja and Kuldeep will put pressure on Ashwin, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantAlso See:last_img read more