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VVS Laxman on meeting Sunil Gavaskar for 1st time: I met my role model, an icon, a legend, couldn’t sleep

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has recalled the moment when he first met his “role mode” Sunil Gavaskar and revealed that he couldn’t sleep the whole night as he was awestruck after coming face to face with an icon and a legend of world cricket.

Sunil Gavaskar made his international debut on March 6, 1971 (BCCI Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunil Gavaskar made his international debut exactly 50 years ago today
  • Laxman said that cricketers around the world idolise Gavaskar because he was a master technician
  • VVS Laxman revealed that he could not sleep the night he met ‘his role model’ Sunil Gavaskar

On the day when Sunil Gavaskar completed his 50 years since Test debut, former India cricketer VVS Laxman recalled the day when he first met his role model.

Laxman took the viewers back to 1988 and said that he could not sleep the whole night after meeting the legendary cricketer during a benefit match. Parents of a restless Laxman had asked the reason for him not sleeping that day and the 46-year-old had replied saying, “how could he?”

“The first time I met him was in a benefit match in Hyderabad. It was in 1988 if I am not wrong, I could not sleep the whole night. I still remember that my parents asked me why are you not sleeping, I told them that I met my role model, an icon, a legend, how can I sleep? The whole night was memorable for me. He has inspired a lot and continues to inspire, he is still connected to the game. A real legend. He has taught us how to be the best and compete against the best,” VVS Laxman said on Sony Networks.

Entire generation idolises the ‘master technician’ Sunil Gavaskar

Further, VVS Laxman said that Sunil Gavaskar was admired and idolised by the entire generation for his master technique against the best of fast bowlers and that too without wearing a helmet.

“Firstly a great gesture by BCCI and GCA for felicitating and acknowledging the fact that he has contributed immensely not only to Indian cricket but world cricket. For me he was a hero while growing up. We all idolise him, not only me but the entire generation from around the world because he was a master technician, the technique he showed against the best of fast bowlers without wearing the helmet, was always playing with a brave heart.”

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