No escape from father-son comparisons

The Indian Cricket League has not had too many Indian stars, who have made a name for themselves.

updated: December 15, 2007 17:56 IST
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The Indian Cricket League has not had too many Indian stars, who have made a name for themselves, but the event did have two names that were quite recognisable right from the beginning.
Stuart Binny and Rohan Gavaskar didn't get to play despite having very famous surnames.

Rohan Gavaskar has played 11 One Day Internationals for India. But at 31, his career isn't really heading anywhere.

So when the Indian Cricket League offered him a spot, it certainly sounded more attractive than captaining the Bengal Ranji team.

Gavaskar senior and junior are now at opposite ends. Rohan's father in fact is on the executive board of the BCCI backed Indian Premier League, which means there is no escaping the comparisons.

"No it doesn't bother me at all. It is you guys who come up with these tags of famous, not so famous. I mean I don't sit back and think whether I'm in the limelight or in the shadow," said Rohan Gavaskar, Member, Indian Cricket League.

"He's my dad and I am his son. I'm fortunate to be his son, he has done so many things that has made me proud, and I hope I make him proud as well," he added.

Sunil Gavaskar's team-mate Roger Binny's son, Stuart, is almost a mirror image of his dad.

The all-rounder was a part of the Under-19 World Cup squad in 2002 and a regular in Karnataka's domestic competitions before joining the ICL.

Stuart didn't get to play a single game for the Hyderabad Heroes in the tournament.

So does it really matter to him that he is the son of a World Cup winner, and that people are keeping an eye on his performance?

"Earlier it used to bother me, but with time you get used to it. I'm really thankful that I've got his genes," said Stuart Binny, Member, Hyderabad Heroes Team.

"But I can never be him, maybe I'll be better than him, maybe I won;t be as good as him. But I look at myself as an individual, I want to play good cricket myself," he added.

While Rohan Gavaskar has been playing cricket for quite some time now, it is still early days for 23-year-old Stuart Binny.

And there are more star sons waiting in the line. Be it Madan Lal's son Kunal, who bowls for Delhi or Shivlal Yadav's son Arjun, who plays for Hyderabad.

But it is going to take sometime before we find out if the generation next of Indian cricket will make their illustrious fathers proud of them or not.