Melbourne: Sunil Gavaskar (Sunil gavaskarThe 1981 Melbourne Test ()Melbourne test), While clarifying on the controversial walkout, said that he had lost control over the Australian cricketers ‘dafa ho jayo’ comment, not because of a decision against him. And went off the field with his fellow batsman.
Displeasure over LBW’s decision called ‘misunderstanding’
The series was in dispute due to some inconsistent decisions by the umpires. Gavaskar was lbw to Dennis Lillee’s leg cutter by umpire Rex Whitehead. This was Whitehead’s only third Test match as an umpire. Gavaskar felt that the ball touched his bat and he opposed the decision and stayed at the crease. Gavaskar now told 7 Cricket, “It is a misconception that I was angry with the decision of the turban.”
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Australian player’s comment became the reason
Gavaskar said, “Yes, the decision was disappointing, but I did the walkout only because the Australian players chased me while I was passing Chetan (Chauhan) while returning to the pavilion. They told me to get away and then I returned and I asked Chetan to go with me. Gavaskar also hit his bat on the pad so that the umpire could understand his displeasure. When Gavaskar was leaving the crease from Baman, according to reports, Lily had made a comment and this Indian batsman returned and instructed fellow opener Chetan Chauhan to go back.
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Gavaskar told the truth of the match
Chauhan agreed to him but on the boundary line, team manager Shahid Durrani and assistant manager Bapu Nadkarni met the batsmen and at his behest Chauhan returned to the crease. Gavaskar said, ‘The ball took the edge of my bat. You could see the fielder of the forward short leg. He did not appeal. He did not even move from his place. He said, Dennis (Lily) told me that I hit the ball on your pad and I was trying to say, no I hit the ball. Earlier in interviews Gavaskar had said that he regretted his decision to leave the field in such a controversial way.