He was always known for his copy-book cricket and cool temperament against the world's fastest bowlers. A self-confessed cricket loyalist, whose heart bleeds when Team India are in the dumps, Sunil Gavaskar has been left fuming as national team continues to fail on overseas tours. India's poor showing in the Asia Cup has left Gavaskar angry and frustrated. He has expressed his disappointment openly and with good reason.
The former captain and opener has made critical observations - unleashing a barrage of criticisms in a bid to help Team India arrest a near free-fall. Gavaskar has also expressed his views on players who have shown the propensity to blow their top and demonstrate unacceptable gamesmanship. Gavaskar has also hinted at favouristism in team selection. Here are a few of his 'verbal gun-shots':
* On defensive approach (January 4): In Indian cricket, the first innings lead is good enough to take the team forward. This culture does not encourage teams to look for outright wins. So when a winning opportunity presents itself overseas, the players are just not used to going for the kill - Gavaskar after India's 1-0 Test loss in South Africa. (Read more)