He was special even at that age. He was a thin boy, but very observant. His power of observation was excellent. He did not play any matches that season but he was happy to bat in the nets and being part of the Mumbai team. (As per Suru Nayak)
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The Kiwis, who looked like favorites with 35 runs required from the last 24 balls, ended on 331/7 despite Latham’s 52-ball 65 and lost the match with a narrow margin. Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation. “I decided that I let the bowler do what he wants to do, and that’s why I was calm….glad the bowlers came out on top”
To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler. I know how professional he’s been and how hard he’s worked. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he’s got a beautiful family. We’ll stay in touch but we’ll miss him and I wish him all the best.
I have never believed in the horses-for-courses theory. Harbhajan Singh will get you wickets on a green top and Kapil Dev will get you wickets on a turner, because they are both good bowlers. A bad seamer will not get you wickets on a green top and a bad spinner will not get you wickets on a turner. I played four spinners because they happened to be the best bowlers around. I had no Kapil Dev, so playing a seamer just for the sake of balance was useless.
During a Test between India and West Indies in 1974-75, play came to a halt due to some trouble in the spectator’s stand at Wankhede stadium. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shankarrao Chavan then asked Merchant to address the crowd. Once Merchant asked the spectators, the aggressive crowd calmed down and the match was resumed.