Sunil Gavaskar scored 36 runs in 174 balls in the first match of World Cup history
England had defeated India by 202 runs, the team won only one out of 3 matches in the tournament.
Sports desk The first match of World Cup history was played in 1975 between India and England on the Lord's ground in London. The team reached England in this format of India cricket with only one year and two matches experience. On the other hand, the English team had 15 matches and 4 years of experience. In this match, Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar scored 36 runs off 174 balls. They were not dismissed by the end. He played only 29 out of 60 in the team's quota His shift was criticized by cricket experts, even the then team manager, GS Ramchand, had also pronounced the truth. Ramchand had told the Daily Express two days after the match, "So far, Look, this is the most embarrassing and unbelievable innings in them. Gavaskar made an excuse and said that the pitch was very slow. It was difficult to play the shot on. On the other hand, England scored 334 runs. It was stupid to call the wicket slower. The whole team was upset about it. It is not good to dunk your respect this way. "England defeated India by 202 runs
In that match England won the toss and decided to bat. He scored 334 runs in 4/8 in 60 overs. Opener Dennis Amiss played 137 runs. Keith Fletcher scored 68 and Chris Old 51 runs. Abid Ali took two wickets from India. Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal got one success. In reply, the Indian team scored 132 runs in 3/60 in 60 overs. Apart from Gavaskar, Eknath Sollkar scored 8, Anshuman Gaikwad 22, Gundappa Vishwanath 37 and Brajesh Patel scored 16 runs. Liver, Arnold and Old had taken one wicket each for England. Strike rate of other team batsmen more than Gavaskar
Gavaskar hit just one four in his innings. Their strike rate was 20.69. There was no strike rate of less than Gavaskar in that innings. Eknath Sollkar scored 23.53, Anshuman Gaikwad 47.83, Gundappa Vishwanath 62.72 and Brajesh Patel scored from the strike rate of 28.07. "The captain should have been removed from the field"
Bend's commentator in this match, Ted Texter, said that Gavaskar should have been pulled out of the field by his captain. At the same time, Gavaskar teammate Karan Ghavri said, "Sunil had felt that it was difficult and impossible to chase. He was asked to bat fast, but he kept his focus on his game. "Gaekwad said," We were all surprised by the way they were batting. When I was on the pitch with them The team did not talk about their or my planning. I was very junior to them. "What did Gavaskar say?
Gavaskar did not talk about that innings during the match and during the World Cup. He said many years later, "It was the worst innings of my life. I was out of form. In the beginning I would not like to see the kind of shots I used to again. I was also wishing to go away from the wicket so that I can be bold. It was the only way out of mental pain that I was suffering. "The innings was out on the second ball: Gavaskar
Former Indian captain claimed that he was caught out on the second ball of the innings only behind the wicket. He said, "I wanted to return to the pavilion. I asked myself why did not go to the other ball? Nobody has appealed. The ball went to the keeper taking the edge of the bat. The bowler was sorry, but he did not appeal. "Gavaskar then scored 65 runs off 86 balls against East Africa in the next match. He scored 113 runs in three matches in the tournament.