Dhoni will inspire non-metro teams: Gavaskar

Winning the Rohinton Baria all-India University championship is Sunil Gavaskar's most memorable cricketing moments. Ahead of the Toyota University Cricket Championship starting in Mumbai on February 23, the original Little Master recollects the importance of University cricket in the Seventies and Eighties in an exclusive chat with NDTV. Excerpts:

updated: February 20, 2013 17:43 IST
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Q: What does NDTV's initiative on promoting university cricket mean to you?

A: I think it's a very laudable idea because if you have a look at the cricketers that came from the Fifties to Eighties and even the Nineties, they came from the inter-school or inter-varsity arena. Inter university cricket was very competitive in those days and there were teams like Mumbai and Bangalore Universities that provided guys who went on to play for India in Test cricket.

Q: Do you think this initiative will be a crowd-puller?

A: Well, I think if you find some players who are very good at the university level, then i think the crowds will come in at the stadiums. But the problem is that there is so much international cricket available on television that it may not be possible to get the sell-out crowds that were there in the Sixties and Seventies. Remember, during the Sixties to Eighties, there was no cricket on TV and so the crowds would go to the grounds to the watch cricket and their favourite players. Now of course, there is a surfeit of cricket on television and even some big matches don't attract fans to the grounds.

Q: What are your memories of inter-university cricket?

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