- Kapil Dev and Sandeep Patil were once dropped from a Test match against England in 1984.
- Kapil allegedly accused Gavaskar for axing him and the latter denied the claims.
Will you believe if we tell you, in 1984, when Kapil Dev and Sandeep Patil were in their prime forms, both were once dropped from a Test match against England? It is indeed difficult to digest the fact that an all-rounder like Kapil Dev was dropped from a team, which had just won the world cup the previous year.
Apparently, Kapil and Sandeep were reprimanded for playing rash shots in the previous Test match in Delhi, which India lost. The match was heading for a draw but England clinched an unlikely victory.
As a result, apparently the chairman of the board of selectors Chandu Borde and the-then skipper Sunil Gavaskar met for the team selection meeting and decided to drop the two legendary players for the Kolkata Test match in 1984.
Kapil allegedly accused Gavaskar for axing him and the latter denied the claims. Gavaskar stated that he reached late for the selection meeting and he had no role to play in the axing of the legendary all-rounder.
The Kolkata crowd were not happy about the fact that Kapil Dev was dropped and they even chanted – ‘No Kapil, No Test’. They even threw rotten vegetables and fruits at Gavaskar. The little master vowed that he would never play at the Eden Gardens after that.
After that, the BCCI president NKP Salve requested the two players to resolve their differences which eventually they did.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:55 PM IST