MUMBAI: India’s monumental Test series triumph in Australia has left batting legend Sunil Gavaskar “still over the moon in orbit.”
The opening great was Down Under commentating on the series on Australia’s Channel 7. After the conclusion of the series, Channel 7 organised a wrap-up party which included all its star commentators and the rest of the crew.
“At the Channel 7 farewell party on the last day, I walked around the room with my glass raised, and every Australian there cheered. Then Brian Charles Lara (Gavaskar’s fellow commentator during the series) came, hugged me and screamed, ‘We won, we won’. What a series! Will Cherish these memories for whatever is left of my life. I am still over the moon and still in orbit!,” Gavaskar, who returned to India only on the wee hours of Sunday, told TOI on Sunday.
Chasing down 328 successfully at the Gabba in Brisbane on the fifth day on a wearing pitch, India recorded a thrilling three-wicket win in the final Test of an exciting series to clinch the contest 2-1. Australia beat India in the first Test at Adelaide, before India bounced back with a stunning win at Melbourne in the second Test. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari’s brilliant stand ensured India a draw in the third Test at Sydney, before the visitors became the first team in 32 years to beat Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Gavaskar shared the mic with the likes of Aussie leg-spin great Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh during the series, and as usual made news with his comments. He is now set to commentate again during India’s home series against England.