When towering John Snow shoved tiny Sunil Gavaskar at Lord’s

 

It was supposed to be a clash between the two teams. Sunil Gavaskar had been instrumental in India’s maiden series win in West Indies. John Snow, on the other hand, had a tremendous tour of Australia, helping Ray Illingworth’s team regain the Ashes.

As the teams met at Lord’s, so did the two men, amidst great expectations. England were defending a mere 183 before reducing India to 21 for two. Farokh Engineer helped Gavaskar stage a recovery; Engineer pushed a ball and called for a single; the young legs of Gavaskar responded immediately.

The problem was, Snow went for the ball at the same time. They ended up crossing each other’s path, and the towering figure of Snow crashed into the short stature of Gavaskar, whose legs were already handicapped by pads.

Gavaskar was flung aside. Let us quote the two men over the incident:

Snow (from Cricket Rebel): Gavaskar was doing the one thing all batsmen are taught and expected to do when they find themselves in that type of situation…namely run over the ball.
Gavaskar (from Sunny Days): I found to my surprise that he was level with me, and, with the ball nowhere near him, the hefty fast bowler gave me a violent shove. Now, Snow is a well-built fast bowler with strong shoulders, so that poor little me had no chance!
Snow (from Cricket Rebel): As I made contact and Gavaskar started to fall, I could sense the shocked silence in the MCC committee room. I knew I was going to be in trouble.

Gavaskar denied a the allegation of a deliberate barge by Snow (though the British media, especially Times, were sure it was the other way). Snow apologised anyway, was dropped for two Tests, and England lost their first home series against India.

 

(Abhishek Mukherjee is an anatidaephobiac trying to perfect that Ashok Dinda leap. He pretends to be serious during his day job as Chief Editor of CricketCountry. He also tweets here.)