India cricket great Sunil Gavaskar receives Honorary Doctorate from RSS

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, July 14, 2022, 04:04 PM IST
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (R) presents Sunil Gavaskar with a Honorary Doctorate in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka on Tuesday | Pic: Twitter

India cricket great Sunil Gavaskar was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Thursday at Sri Sathya University in Bengaluru, Karnataka recently.

Along with Gavaskar, six other eminent personalities—former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan, Indian Hindustani vocalist M Venkatesh Kumar, an eminent environmentalist from Assam Purnima Devi Barman, and C Sreenivas for delivering free healthcare to many—received Honorary Doctorate from RSS.

Sunil Gavaskar slams India players

Recently Gavaskar questioned the commitment of the senior India players, saying he "doesn't agree" with cricketers skipping international series but playing the IPL without a break.

Gavaskar's remarks came after senior players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant were rested for the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies.

"See, I do not agree with this concept of players resting. Not at all. 'You don't take rest during IPL, then why ask for it while playing for India? I don't agree with it. You will have to play for India. Don't talk about rest," Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.

"There are only 20 overs in an innings in T20. That does not take any toll on your body. In Test matches, the mind and the body take a toll, I get that. But I don't think there is a problem in T20 cricket," he added.

Focus on BCCI

The former captain said the BCCI will be better off intervening into this rest policy. "I honestly feel that the BCCI needs to look into this concept of rest. All the Grade A cricketers have received very good contracts. They receive payment for every match. Tell me if there is any company whose CEO, or MDs get so much time off? "I feel that if Indian cricket is to become more professional, a line needs to be drawn. If you want to be rested, you need to reduce your guarantees.

"Then you take rest, because you don't want to play. But how can anyone say that I don't want to play for the Indian team. Which is why I do not agree to the concept," Gavaskar said.

The tour of the West Indies will also comprise five T20Is.

Shikhar Dhawan was named captain for the three ODIs against the West Indies in the absence of regular skipper Rohit.

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