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.

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