Sunil Gavaskar slams Nasser Hussain for calling Indian side as ‘nice’ and ‘down to earth’


Sunil Gavaskar recently slammed Nasser Hussain for calling India side before Ganguly era, as very nice and down to earth and further asked the former England captain if being nice is a sign of weakness?

Nasser Hussain earlier made a statement where he stated that Sourav Ganguly made India a tougher side and before that, India seemed to be a nice side who would meet with morning greetings.

“I have always said, and this is a generalisation, but I have always said about Ganguly, that he made India a tougher side. So, before Ganguly, they were a very talented side, but you felt they were also a nice side very down to earth, would meet you with morning greetings, morning Nasser, it was a very pleasant experience,” Hussain had said.

Nasser Hussain’s comment didn’t go down well with the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar, as took a dig at his comment, asking if players like Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar etc are weak according to him.

“Nasser [Hussain] went on to say that earlier the team would be wishing the opposition good morning and smiling at them etc. See this perception: That if you are nice then you are weak. That unless you are in the face of the opposition, you are not tough,”Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day on Sunday.

“Is he suggesting that Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh to name just a few were not tough? That just because they went about their business without any chest-thumping, swearing, screaming and pumping their arms in obscene gestures, they were weak?

Sunil Gavaskar is one of the greatest batsmen ever to play the game. The Indian cricketer is the first batsman in the history of the game to score 10,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has also led India for a few years. A host of other cricketers such as Kapil Dev, G Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kris Srikkanth, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar had also captained the Indian Cricket Team before Sourav Ganguly took over the reins.