Mark Taylor shows laudable humility and knowledge of cricket history

Gulabrai Ramchand played the last of his 33 Tests in 1960, though he continued to play First-Class cricket for six more years. Ramchand led India, but he was not in the legendary class of players born generations later to know much about him. In the pre-social media era and pre-Internet era and when television was not as globally penetrative as it is today, knowledge of the game was largely restricted to books and newspapers.

Ramchand was at a cricket awards ceremony in the 1990s where, predictably, very few people recognised him. The former India captain went around the gathering to get autographs for his niece. At one point, an Australian cricketer walked up to Ramchand and told him: “Sir, my name is Mark Taylor. I am here to receive an award on behalf of my team. Can I request to shake the hand of the man who led India to their first win over us?”

Taylor was born four years after Ramchand had retired, but he knew his cricketing history well. And he also had the humility to walk up to the man who had led India to victory against Australia. Taylor was talking about India’s 1959 victory over Australia at Kanpur, a Test in which Jasu Patel nine for 69 and five for 55 to help the hosts win by 119 runs.