Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian captain, and current commentator, who has said that Karnataka player Karun Nair and KL Rahul’s knocks in the ongoing Test against England reminded him of the well-known mix of Gundappa Vishwanathan and Rahul Dravid of Karnataka.
The 25-year-old Kerala-born Karnataka cricketer, who has become only the second Indian player to score a triple century in Test cricket after Virender Sehwag.
The former Indian captain told ‘NDTV’ that KL and Nair reminded him a wonderful mix of Rahul Dravid and Gundappa Vishwanathan, “There are two benchmarks of batsmanship for Karnataka. One is Gundappa Vishwanathan and another is Rahul Dravid. And today what we saw and yesterday with KL Rahul was a combination of the two. We saw the discipline and temperament of Rahul Dravid and the flair and the stroke play of Gundappa. There was such a wonderful mix of Rahul and Gundappa in both the innings,”
Gavaskar said, “For a start, it looked as if they were just going to play for a draw, it was Karun Nair when he came into bat he was the one who encouraged,”
Sunny congratulates Karun for his achievement, “I am so happy that he has joined that rare triple century club and many, many congratulations to him and I hope that he will carry on to get some more runs and more wins for India.”
He said that the last couple of days have been superb for Indian sports. He added, “At the same time, I want to congratulate our hockey champions as well. I think the last couple of days have been fantastic, first, this Saturday Vijender wins in great style, and yesterday our juniors won the hockey World Cup. Such a tremendous times for Indian sports, and today Karun Nair gets a triple century. What a wonderful last three days for Indian sports.”
Rahul missed out on a double century by just a run after that Nair achieved the rare milestone. When asked about KL Rahul, Gavaskar said, “KL Rahul, in his debut Test, didn’t score runs. There were just three or 4 deliveries that he shaped up against Mitchell Johnson– short, fast aimed at his head. The way he got behind the line that was an indication that temperament wise he would be somebody to reckon with. I am very happy for Indian cricket that we got these two young players who will serve India for a long time, as both of them are in their early 20s.”
Gavaskar said on Ajinkya Rahane’s come back, “For a selector, it is always good to have a problem of plenty. To have a situation where you know for every place you have a replacement ready in case something goes wrong. Yes, it’s a tough call since Rahane got runs against NZ, but you can’t ignore a triple centurion. But as we know Virat Kohli is already complaining of few gray hair, let him have some more.”
India test team, who made a record with their highest ever Test total of 759 for 7 before declaring their first innings at the final test against England in Chennai.
The former skipper said on this, “I think declaration coming at a 300 was right, at one point it was looking 250 wold be the right one. But I think it was the matter of getting to the 700, and by the time 700 mark was approaching Nair was batting so fluently that he got to 280-290.”
Gavaskar added, “When someone gets that close to 3000 you have to give him that opportunity. 319 (Sehwag’s best score) was not what Virat and anybody would have wanted. Look he is the only second Indian to get 300. So the fact that he got there was enough. This kind of opportunity comes once in many, many years. Having won the series it is only fair that Virat gave him that chance to get to 300.”