Kapil Dev’s Exclusion in England 1984-85 Series: Sunil Gavaskar Opens up about Incident Which Led to Rumours of His Rifts with Former Indian Skipper
Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar opened up about the incident which led to rumours of rifts between him and Kapil Dev during the 80’s. Gavaskar wrote about the event in his column in Sportstar, revealing about the event which was responsible for reports of a power-struggle between him and the former India cricket captain. In his column, Gavaskar wrote that the rumours of rifts rose after Kapil was dropped from a match of India vs England series in 1984-85. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s Rift Rumours Are Here to Stay Feels Sunil Gavaskar. 

Gavaskar wrote that when Kapil was dropped for one Test against England in 1984-85 series, the blame of his eviction was put on him. But in reality, the decision was proposed and taken by late Hanumant Singh, who was a member of selection committee then. The incident had invited reports of rifts between both the former Indian skippers in the media. Sunil Gavaskar Questions Virat Kohli’s Position As Team India Captain Post World Cup Debacle. 

Gavaskar also mentioned that he could never have thought of dropping Kapil as he knew that the former all-rounder was a match-winner and game-changer. Kapil’s exclusion would have reduced India’s chances of winning even further, Gavaskar believed. However, Gavaskar also said that since he was part of the selection committee, he was collectively responsible for the decision.

Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev are two former brilliant cricketers to ever play for India. Both were part of the team which bagged the World Cup in 1983. Kapil Dev led India to first-ever World Cup victory, defeating the West Indies in 1983 WC final. Gavaskar was the first cricketer to reach 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Both the veteran cricketer helped to raise the standard of Indian cricket in 70’s and 80’s.