At Lord’s, during the 1982 tour, we had gone through the Grace Gates for practice. Ravi (Shastri) and I were in cricket clothing with kitbags. Sunil (Gavaskar) had taken the day off and followed us with a jacket. When we reached the gate, I told the attending steward, pointing to Sunil: “This gentleman, who is following us, is harassing us. He will claim to be the Indian team’s captain, but don’t believe that rubbish.” Naturally, Sunil had a big argument with the steward. He literally pleaded with him, saying, “I am Sunil Gavaskar.”
Lord’s gateway: Sunil Gavaskar could not convince the steward that he was India’s captain. Matt Turner/Getty Images
The steward replied nonchalantly: “Nothing doing, everybody says he is Gavaskar. Where are your cricket clothes?” Sunil replied that he was not wearing flannels, but he was indeed India’s cricket captain. It was only after some 15 minutes of arguing that we went to Sunil’s rescue.
As told by Sandeep Patil in Caught and Told: Humorous Cricketing Anecdotes by Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello, Roli Books, 2007.