Gavaskar praises Windies spirit

KOLKATA, India – West Indies players and West Indies cricket came in for high praise from one of the game’s greatest players on Thursday. 

Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary former India opener and captain, said the West Indies always play in the “spirit of the game” and deserve the respect of the world.

This came after several members of the West Indies team shook hands and applauded Rohit Sharma, after the Indian debutant made a century in his first Test innings at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

“This is great to see...this is one of the great things about cricket. This is why everyone loves the West Indies...the way they play the the true spirit of the game. They will always be one of the most popular teams in sport,” Gavaskar said.

He was speaking from the analyst studio during the live broadcast which was aired in the Caribbean on ESPN Caribbean. Gavaskar is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He made 10,122 runs including 34 centuries in 125 Test matches in an illustrious career which spanned from 1971 to 1987.

“Even when they were beating everyone in the world they always played in the true spirit, they never bashed anyone. That’s one of the beautiful things about West Indies cricket – when they play at home and away from home.”

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 07:43