When the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian aspect was touring West Indies in 2002, their greatest headache was Brian Lara. The West Indian legend was among the finest batsmen going round in world cricket together with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. If India had to beat West Indies, they’d to maintain Lara quiet. As astonishing as it might sound, but to try this, India derived a method that had nothing to do with the kind of line and size was to be bowled at Lara, or any particular subject positions. Former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta revealed that India had deliberate to bore Lara out by not indulging in any form of communication whereas he was batting within the center.
Dasgupta, who was on his second massive tour after making his debut in South Africa, mentioned the plan of not speaking to Lara was made within the group assembly earlier than the primary Test match at Guyana.
“One of the funniest things that ever happened was when we were playing against the West Indies in 2002. It was the first Test in Guayana and in the team meeting we were talking about how to handle Brian Lara. Some of the things that were said in that meeting were ‘don’t talk to him’. I was like, what are you saying? They said ‘he would get bored and get out,” recalled Dasgupta in a present known as 22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapoor.
Dasgupta, who has performed 8 Test matches and 5 ODIs for India between 2001 and 2002, mentioned Lara wanted to talk to him and Rahul Dravid, who used to be at first slip more often than not when the spinners have been working. But each of them used to flip their backs and look in numerous instructions.
“Whenever a spinner would bowl, I was behind the wicket and Rahul was there in the slips, Brian would play a ball, he would turn around wanting to talk to me or Rahul and we would turn our backs and look the other way. He would want to start a conversation and we would be like, no, nothing happening,” mentioned Dasgupta.
The wicket-keeper batsman additional added that Lara was somebody who liked to talk about his batting even with the opposition throughout a Test match.
“He just wanted to chat, that’s the kind of batsman he was. He would love to talk about his batting, he would want to talk about everything,” Dasgupta added.
India didn’t handle to win the sequence because the hosts took the 5-match sequence 2-1 regardless of India taking a 1-zero lead but they didn’t handle to maintain Lara quiet all through the sequence. Lara scored 202 runs within the 5-match sequence at a median of 28.85 and with solely two fifties.
“He would get bored and get out And that’s exactly what happened right through the series, Brian didn’t get a lot of runs there,” Dasgupta added.
The India wicket-keeper, nevertheless, didn’t fail to point out that the Indian cricketers would talk to Lara usually after the match.
“We would talk to him everytime we meet him outside the field but whenever he came out to bat nobody would talk to him,” mentioned Dasgupta.