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“I apologize to Mr. Gavaskar,” Sarfaraz Khan said in an apology to the Indian legend

When Sarfaraz Khan lost his wicket shortly after the lunch break on the second day of the fifth Test match between India and England in Dharamsala earlier this month, batting icon Sunil Gavaskar was not happy.

The 26-year-old Sarfaraz was hitting well when he managed to square an easy catch off spinner Shoaib Bashir’s bowling to Joe Root at slip. It was 56 for him.

Gavaskar was displeased with the way Sarfaraz was dismissed, pointing out that he shouldn’t have been ready to play a shot so early in the play’s last session.

“The ball wasn’t short enough for that shot; it was pitched up.” takes a risk and pays for it. You are, after tea, playing the first ball, is what I mean. Give yourself a tiny preview,” Gavaskar said live.

Then, Gavaskar remembered an interview in which the late great Don Bradman confided in him that, even after scoring 200 runs, he always thought of himself as batting zero.

“Every ball I face, even if I am on 200, I think I am on 0,” Don Bradman once told me. Gavaskar said, “And here’s Sarfaraz, making such a shot on the first ball of the session.”

A story in The National News claims that Gavaskar discussed the significance of shot selection with Sarfaraz before the fifth Test.

The two met at Dharamsala thanks to the efforts of businessman Shyam Bhatia, who supposedly introduced Sarfaraz to Gavaskar when he was only 14 years old.

The article cited Bhatia as adding, “Sunil was telling him that the most important thing is selection of shots.” “It is of great importance. He spoke with him for almost forty-five minutes. Then, just after tea in the match, he made a really poor shot.

Sunil inquired what he was doing on commentary since he was so enraged. When Sarfaraz saw me again the next day, he said, “Sir, I made a mistake. Please say I’m sorry to Mr. Gavaskar!” “I promise not to make that error again,” Bhatia said.

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