Indo­pak cricket and a Sunny tale

Sportstar - - SNAPSHOT OF THE FORTNIGHT - KUNAL VIJAYKAR

Ilutely am per­haps one per­son who has abso

no idea about any sport what­so­ever, but I do have a story. It is be­cause I was hang­ing out with Cyrus [Broacha] in Lon­don, and we went to see the In­dia­pak­istan fi­nal match of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy 2017 at the Ken­ning­ton Oval.

I thought it would be a good idea to see some English cricket. Cricket in Eng­land, you know. But the Oval was al­most like a Wankhede Sta­dium as there were only In­di­ans and Pak­ista­nis scream­ing and shout­ing. And it was hot, I was col­laps­ing and faint­ing. The sun was beat­ing down on us.

So, my one and only ex­pe­ri­ence of ever go­ing and watch­ing a cricket match, which I thought would be great to watch in Eng­land, turned out to be like watch­ing it at Eden Gar­dens (laughs). In­dia was los­ing, so we left be­fore it got too crowded.

I have met Sunny [Su­nil] Gavaskar sev­eral times. There is an old crick­eter called Ya­jurvin­dra Singh (a for­mer In­dia in­ter­na­tional). We call him Sunny as well. Once I was at a party, and I was talk­ing to him an­i­mat­edly. I kept call­ing him ‘Sunny’, ‘Sunny’ in our con­ver­sa­tion when a pat came from be­hind: “Kunal, I am Sunny.” It was Gavaskar. I knew he was around some­where.

We were used to Ya­jurvin­dra as Sunny, but Sunny Gavaskar was also

there. It was, of course, a joke.

Kunal Vijaykar is an ac­tor, food writer, au­thor and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity.

AS TOLD TO

WRIDDHAAYAN BHAT­TACHARYYA

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