Gavaskar’s great 96 in a losing cause

Gavaskar is known for his defiance of the great West Indian quicks, but as this story shows, he wasn’t too bad against spinners either. How bad must that pitch have been?

India’s cause was not helped when they lost Srikkanth and Amarnanth to successive balls and Vengsarkar was bowled on the eve of the rest day. But on the fourth day, on a pitch which allowed even an off-spinner to bowl bouncers, Gavaskar gave a masterly exhibition of technique and judgement.

India v Pakistan 1986/7 – 5th Test – Scorecard

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