‘Not the LBW call’: Sunil Gavaskar reveals reason behind 1981 walk out in Australia


Sunil Gavaskar has cleared the air on his notorious walkout throughout the Melbourne Test of 1981, saying it was the Australian gamers’ “get lost” name, and never his leg-before dismissal, that prompted him to storm off the floor along with his opening companion.

In the 1981 sequence, that was dogged by some inconsistent umpiring, a Dennis Lillee in-cutter caught Gavaskar plumb in entrance and umpire Rex Whitehead, standing in simply his third Test, raised his finger.

But Gavaskar, who thought that the ball had acquired his bat on the technique to the pad, protested by standing his floor lengthy sufficient.

“The misconception is that I was upset at the lbw decision,” Gavaskar advised 7Cricket.

“Yes, it was upsetting. But the walk-off happened only because, as I had gone past Chetan (Chauhan) on the way to the change-rooms, the Australians had given me a spray. They told me to get lost, which is where I’ve come back and asked Chetan to walk off with me.”

Gavaskar additionally slapped his pads with the bat, letting the umpire find out about his anger.

As he reluctantly began to go away, Lillee reportedly made one remark too many and the Indian snapped, returned to the crease and instructed fellow opener Chetan Chauhan to walk off the pitch with him.

A bemused Chauhan did as he was advised, however at the boundary rope, the batsmen had been met by crew supervisor Shahid Durrani and assistant supervisor Bapu Nadkarni.

“I acquired an inside-edge as you’ll be able to see from the ahead brief leg fielder. He hasn’t performed something, he hasn’t moved.

“Dennis (Lillee) is telling me, ‘It hit you there,’ and I’m trying to say, ‘No I hit it.’ And now you see, I’ve asked Chetan to walk off with me,” stated the former India captain narrating the incident on a present the place it was performed out for him.

In his earlier interviews, Gavaskar has stated that he regretted the resolution to go away the subject in such a controversial method.


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