Kris Srikkanth has called his former Indian team-mate Sunil Gavaskar a ‘perfectionist’, explaining how he was actually at odds with his first technical partner. Srikkanth made his debut for India in 1981 and for himself and Gavaskar, India found a decent opening pair. Srikkanth said his unorthodox style of beating had made the opposition negligent, while Gavaskar remained a symbol of batsmanship.
“I made my debut in 81 and in the early 80s, nobody saw that kind of game,” Srikkanth said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports Tamil.
“When they see me, everyone goes like who this batsman is, who plays across the line, hits above and I’m not worried about technique. Gavaskar on the other hand is a perfectionist. He has great technique, he used to leave the ball and everything is fine. It is often said that opposing poles attract one another. He is the North Pole and I am the South Pole. “
Speaking of friendship, Gavaskar once said that Srikkanth “freed” him as a batsman. In fact, former explorer and Indian captain Kapil Dev recently said that Gavaskar and Srikkanth would be sought out by the T20 batsmen if they were playing in the current era.
“Sunil will be the batsman sought at T20,” Kapil was quoted as saying by Sportstar in March. “Srikkanth started T20 in 1985 when he destroyed Imran Khan and Wasim Akram because of over-cover and mid-off. We used to wonder what this person was doing. “
Together, Srikkanth and Gavaskar opened innings 55 times for India, scoring 1680 runs at an average of 30.54 with two centuries and 11 more fifty booths. They are the fifth most successful opening pair in India in ODI after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly, Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma, Tendulkar-Virender Sehwag and Sehwag-Gautam Gambhir.
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