The first match of World Cup history was played between India and England, and the batting of India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar is still remembered as one of the most controversial innings of ODI cricket.
Cricket World Cup was started in 1975. One-day cricket was new and cricketers were known to play Tests. Then there was a 60-over ODI match. First World Cup match was played between India and England, and the batting of India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar is still remembered as one of the most controversial innings of ODI cricket.
Match at Lord’s
On June 7, 1975, the match was played at the Lord of Cricket called Mecca. Then the summer season was going on and the first time England played a big score of 334 in 60 overs in 60 overs. It was also the biggest score of one-day cricket at that time. In the innings of England, Dennis Amiss (137) scored a century and Keith Fletcher (68) contributed half as much. After this Chris Old has made a fabulous fiftieth on only 30 gedes.
There were eight teams in the tournament, which was kept in two groups, i.e., a defeat would further weaken the possibilities of the next round. It was all assuming that India had lost the first match but then the format of the tournament was that if the points of any two teams are equal to going to the next round (semi-final) then the team whose net run rate will be good Will go ahead. That is, India will have to try to make maximum runs despite losing.
India played the first match of the World Cup history, this was the result
Gavaskar played such innings, running on the field
Sunil Gavaskar, who started the Indian innings, was just in his own mind that day. They started playing one day like a test. Frustration began to spread among Indian audiences. They were being played at a slow pace and the resentment of the Indian audience increased so much that some of them ran on the field while running on them and protested against them. Gavaskar’s team, sitting in the pavilion, was also glaringly disappointed on the faces of his teammates.
Interestingly, Gavaskar played 174 balls in this innings and made 36 not out. Their strike rate was 20.69. Thanks to his innings, Team India could only manage 132 runs at the loss of 3 wickets and lost the match by 202 runs. It was the world cup record of losing the match with such a huge margin that remained for 27 years.
The reason behind Gavaskar’s shift was
Team India’s manager GS Ramchand told the Daily Express Newspaper that, “This is the most shameful performance of all the matches I have seen till date. He said that it was very slow for the shot shot. But it is stupid to say that if England scored 334 on this pitch. There is frustration in the team. The country’s reputation is very important, which can not be lost in this way.
It was understood by some people that the Indian team had conceded it after England’s innings that they could not win and if the entire team was out for 42 in the last match played in Lord’s, then the team probably all-out I wanted to avoid having to.
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Gavaskar was hot after this turn of rumors market
At the same time after the turn of the rumors market became too hot that Gavaskar was unhappy with the selection of the team. The selection committee for the World Cup preferred spinners in comparison to the fast bowlers and this was the reason for Gavaskar’s displeasure because the spinners failed in the last England tour. Another rumor was that he was unhappy with the selection of Venkataraghavan’s captain.
Gavaskar did not say anything publicly about this innings at that time, but after many years he even believed that he was the cheapest in his life, but at the same time he said the reason being ‘out of form’. Gavaskar said that during the match, he also tried to get out but could not get out.
Other teammates also expressed surprise at this innings of Gavaskar and when Gavaskar arrived in the dressing room after the match, no fellow player did not even talk to them.
Was Gavaskar really out of form?
Despite this performance against England, Gavaskar was given a chance to play in the next match. This match was played exactly four days after the match against England, and Gavaskar scored 65 runs in 86 balls and then, in the last league match, 12 balls from 14 balls against New Zealand.
When the team returned to India, the manager also reported this innings to the board, but the board did not officially tell Gavaskar anything. With this the whole case was over.