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   Apropos the new Gavaskar controversy, the position is quite simple... (May 8, 1986)

Apropos the new Gavaskar controversy, the position is quite simple.

There are two Gavaskars: one is te cricketer Gavaskar, who has decided not to retire from cricket; the other is the businessman Gavasker, who will, after the third Test, be retiring from the game.

The cricketer Gavaskar will go on playing and making new records. He will never retire from the game, not as long as his country requires him. But the businessman Gavaskar has realised that the time has come to say farewell to cricket and concentrate on a career outside the game, though associated with it.

All this, no doubt, has led to some confusion. Gavaskar’s parents, who are very close to their son and who know him as cricketer Sunil, naturally canot think that their son will decide to retire without so much as telling them. So, when cricketer Gavaskar returned home yesterday and told them he was not retiring, they were naturally happy.

Sharad Kotnis, who is a cricket corespondent and not a financial correspondent, when he came to know that businessman Gavaskar was retiring thought that cricketer Gavaskar was retiring. He has know only one Gavaskar all his life, so it was natural he should make the mistake.

Mrs. Marshneil Gavaskar was with her husband in England when all the stories about his retirement and non-retirement were put out. So she should have know the exact position. But her problem, was that she did not know whether she was with cricketer Gavaskar or businessman Gavaskar. The problem, I am sure, has been cleared up for her now.

Meanwhile, cricketer Gavaskar’s millions of fans in India (most of them in western India) did not know whether the Gavaskar they would be seeing in the near future would be Gavaskar playing cricket or Gavaskar in Dinesh suiting. Now, of course, after this explanation of mine, they know that they will be seeing both, which is what they have been always doing.

The board of control for cricket in India was also a little perturbed that cricketer Gavaskar should have told Sharad Kotnis and not them that he was retiring after three Tests. Now that they know it is only businessman Gavaskar that is retiring, they have decided not to take any disciplinary action.

Kerry Packer’s Channel Nine is happy that some Gavaskar is coming to join them, though it would have been happier if cricketer Gavaskar was joining it instead of businessman Gavaskar.

Which only leaves one person-Sunil Gavaskar. Theses days he is so confused that most of the time he does not know which Gavaskar he is. For instance, this morning he was standing in front of his bathroom mirror, shaving with Palmolive. He looked in the mirror and did not know that the face he saw was that of cricketer Gavaskar or businessman Gavaskar or Kapil Dev.

 
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