Currently, there is a trend in the Pakistan cricketing fraternity nowadays that ‘you’ll be the talk of the town if you hardly criticize or talk about the Indian Cricket Team and the renowned Indian players’. The most recent example is the veteran Pakistan pacer Sohail Khan who went on recall a conversation with former Indian skipper and batting superstar Virat Kohli.
Although these kinds of activities and statements from the former and present cricketers of Pakistan didn’t really go down well with the former legendary Indian skipper and batter Sunil Gavaskar. The 73-year-old has called out the Pakistan cricketers and also advised the Indian cricketing fraternity to ignore Pakistan players as much as they can.
“It’s a trick that is used by them knowing that to increase their followers all that they have to do is say uncomplimentary stuff about Indian players, past or present,” wrote Gavaskar in his column for Mid-Day.
“Have you ever heard or read any Indian player past or present saying anything about the players from across the border? Frankly, nobody cares, so no Indian that I know has said anything about the players from across the border. It’s simply not our style,” he added later.
It will automatically stop, but our media will publish it – Sunil Gavaskar
Meanwhile, the 1983 World Cup champion batter also advised a better way for Indians to ignore all the things from the other end of the border; be it any kind of statement either on the Indian cricket team or any former Indian player.
“If our online media ignores what is said across the border then it will automatically stop, but our media will publish it even if it is pulling a fellow Indian down,” wrote Gavaskar.
Notably, Pakistan and India haven’t played any bilateral series since 2012-13 in a period of almost a decade. Speaking of Test cricket, Pakistan’s tour of India in 2007 was the last one when both teams locked horns in the three-match Test series; which India won by 1-0.