Shastri, Wassan back Bhaskar

Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Ravi Shastri stood by Delhi coach and former Ranji captain K. P. Bhaskar, who faced humiliation at the hands of Gautam Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir (left) got into an ugly confrontation with Delhi coach K. P. Bhaskar after their last match in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  File photo: Akhilesh Kumar

 

Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Ravi Shastri stood by Delhi coach and former Ranji captain K. P. Bhaskar, who faced humiliation at the hands of Gautam Gambhir.

Bedi, away to Bangalore to attend the BCCI Awards Function, termed the incident “appalling” and expected disciplinary proceedings against Gambhir. “Cricket, whether at domestic or international level, does not deserve to be brought down to this level. I feel sorry for Bhaskar,” he stressed.

“Man of impeccable credentials,” was how Shastri described Bhaskar, who chose not to comment on the incident.

Shastri added, “I have played enough cricket with Bhaskar and known him well enough to understand his credentials. He was a superb cricketer who deserved to have worn the India cap. There is no place for such behaviour and it ought to be condemned outright. It should be dealt with firmly by the authorities and not just at the DDCA. There should be zero tolerance for such behaviour.”

Wassan said he felt sad for the Delhi coach. “I am not surprised by his behaviour or comments. I only feel sad for Bhaskar because he did not deserve this from a man who is known for being toxic. It was the lowest moment in Delhi cricket because this was not argument as the player has claimed. In my opinion such people are most unfit to be in a team sport,” Wassan observed.

Former Delhi selector Hari Gidwani too narrated his unpleasant experience. “He never lost an opportunity to humiliate me in selection meetings with the chairman (Vinay Lamba) a mute spectator. He even questioned my cricketing merit,” said Gidwani, who served two years as National junior selector and played 119 first-class matches.

Meanwhile, Azad has demanded an inquiry into the episode.

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