Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar might land himself in massive trouble for his distasteful comment on Jaydev Unadkat. Further, Gavaskar made the remark during the first T20l at Johannesburg. Gavaskar was on board as a commentator when he passed comment on fast bowler Unadkat.
Meanwhile, Unadkat bagged a hefty sum during this year’s auction of IPL. This was because he was one of the leading wicket-takers in the 10th edition of T20 league.
Sunil Gavaskar’s comment on Unadkat:
However, Gavaskar’s utterance indicated that he did not deserve such price. Further, he added that Unadkat perhaps used the money to fetch a place in the Indian first XI for the South Africa series.
“As far as Jaydev Unadkat is concerned, I think he was just bought for so much money. Maybe he might have splashed that money to make sure that he played in the final XI,” Gavaskar said during the first T20I.
Later he tried to cover up saying that it was just a joke but his intentions were clear. He also praised Unadkat for his performance.
“I am joking of course. Unadkat has such a good record in the IPL last year. He bowled exceptionally well when he was playing for the Pune team and clearly they wanted a left-hander in their ranks as well. Unadkat also has got a good yorker. He bowls at a good pace – 140kmph. And the slower delivery that he has developed is also pretty deceptive,” Gavaskar said to cover up.
BCCI’s stern approach:
Previously, BCCI has shown strict approach to the commentators crossing the lines. Way back in 2012, Arun Lal was removed from the panel of commentators after he had ‘allegedly’ commentated in the Bangladesh Premier League, a competitor of the IPL.
In another incident, Danny Morrison and Hylton Deon Ackerman got warned by the BCCI for calling Virat Kohli as ‘the captain-in-waiting’ during an IPL game in the year 2013. Further, Sanjay Manjrekar was warned for “allegedly criticising” N. Srinivasan and Sundar Raman in a webcast.
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