Former Indian skipper and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has given a unique answer for never coaching the national side.
He announced on Sunday that he’s a ‘terrible watcher’ of the sport and can’t view a game from the hobby for long periods, a quality that goes against the job of a coach.
Sunil Gavaskar, one of the greatest openers to have ever played the game, is also a respected name in reporting circles and known for speaking straight from his shoulder.
Still, the nearest he got to coach the Indian team was when he was named advisor during the home series against Australia in 2004.
Gavaskar remembered how during his playing days, he used to prefer reading or recording over watching complete games. He said this assured that he ‘never even thought about taking up assumption coaching.
"This is a team that has tasted success and that too in adverse circumstances, so any adversity is an opportunity to rise above it and conquer it." – Sunil Gavaskar
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) June 1, 2021
“I’ve been a terrible watcher of cricket, even when I was playing the game. If I got out, I would be watching the match very intermittently. I would watch for a while, then go inside the change room or read something or reply to letters, etc., and then come out and watch again. So, I wasn’t the ball-by-ball watcher, like, say, GR, Vishwanath is. GRV or my uncle Madhav Mantri was a complete ball by ball watcher. And if you want to be a coach or a selector, you’ve got to be a ball-by-ball watcher. And therefore, I never even thought about it… being a coach,” Gavaskar said on The Analyst YouTube channel.
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