Gavaskar chides Kohli: India were winning before he was born

After India’s crushing win in the second Test against Bangladesh, Kohli said India has learnt to stand up and it “started from Dada’s (Sourav Ganguly) team“.

Gavaskar took exception to Kohli's comments after India's win over Bangladesh.   -  Prashant Nakwe/PTI

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar took exception to Virat Kohli’s comment that India began to stand up to tough Test challenges during Sourav Ganguly’s era, arguing that the team was winning even when the current captain was not even born.

After India’s crushing win in the second Test against Bangladesh, Kohli said India has learnt to stand up and it all “started from Dada’s (Sourav Ganguly) team“.

Not impressed with the thought of Kohli, former captain Gavaskar said, “The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada’s (Ganguly’s) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India were also winning in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He wasn’t born then.”

“A lot of people still think that cricket started only in the 2000s. But the Indian team won overseas in the ‘70s. The Indian team also won away in 1986. India also drew series overseas. They lost as other teams did,” Gavaskar said at the post-match show on Star Sports.