Former Indian captain and one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Sunil Gavaskar has named the toughest pitch in India he has ever played on.
During his glorious cricketing career, Gavaskar scored more than 10,000 runs in Tests and batted on some of the quickest wickets in the world, including Jamaica, Perth, and Brisbane, but none came close to the Chennai wicket that hosted the West Indian team in 1978.
Speaking on ‘The Cricket Analyst’ podcast, the 71-year-old said, “The hardest pitch that I have played on was in Chennai in 1978 against the West Indies. It was the fastest pitch that I played on.
“I’ve played at Sabina Park on a couple of occasions where the ball was flying. I’ve played at Perth. I’ve played at the Gabba where the ball was travelling,” he added.
Gavaskar also picked the greatest all-rounder of all time. Though there were many brilliant all-rounders in Gavaskar’s era, including the likes of Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Ian Botham, and Richard Hadlee, the Indian legend still went with West Indies’ Sir Garfield Sobers.
Heaping praise on Sobers, Gavaskar stated, “The greatest all-rounder that I saw was Garfield Sobers. He could change the game with the bat, with the ball. He could change the game by taking an incredible catch close in or even in the outfield.”