Former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar has revealed why he never took up the role of the head coach of India cricket team even as some of his celebrated teammates were in the hot seat in the past. Gavaskar, who scored more than 13,000 international runs, including 10,122 runs in Tests, said he was never a good ‘watcher of cricket’ even during his playing days.
The closest Sunil Gavaskar had come to coaching the senior national team was in 2004 when he took up the role of consultant during India’s home series against Australia. However, ever since he has stayed clear of management roles with Team India.
On the other hand, World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev and former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri have all had stints with the management team. Shastri has been serving as the head coach of India since 2017. He was the manager of the team in the past as well.
“I’ve been a terrible watcher of cricket, even when I was playing the game. If I got out, I would be watching the match very intermittently. I would watch for a while, then go inside the change room or read something or reply to letters etc. and then come out and watch again. So, I wasn’t the ball-by-ball watcher, like say GR Vishwanath is. GRV or my uncle Madhav Mantri was a complete ball by ball watcher,” Gavaskar told The Analyst YouTube channel.
“And if you want to be a coach or a selector, you’ve got to be a ball-by-ball watcher. And therefore, I never even thought about it being a coach.”
Have had people coming up to me for inputs: Gavaskar
However, Gavaskar added that he had been approached by several star cricketers in the past for inputs and he gladly helped them out. The legendary batsman though pointed out that many of the batsmen from the current set-up haven’t sought his help.
Gavaskar revealed that the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman among others had approached him for advice in the past.
“Having said that, I have had people coming up to me. Not the current lot, but say Sachin, Rahul Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag and Laxman. So I’ve been very happy to exchange notes with them whatever my observations are. So yes, I’ve been able to maybe help them somewhere down the line, but on a full-time basis, that’s not something I could do,” he added.
Gavaskar is currently in quarantine in Europe as he prepares for the commentary stint for the World Test Championship final in which India take on New Zealand in Southampton from June 18.