A Sunny way to remember Jai: Gavaskar to deliver lecture in ML Jaisimha’s honour


Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar delivered the primary Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture in 2009. Today in Secunderabad, he’ll deliver the inaugural ML Jaisimha Lecture. 
Gavaskar was in Pune on Sunday, commentating on the ultimate India v England ODI.
Former India batsman Jaisimha, who died in 1999, was Gavaskar’s hero and it’s becoming that the primary lecture, which is a part of the ML Jaisimha Sports Foundation, is held in the golden jubilee 12 months of India’s 1971 win in the West Indies. Jaisimha was a part of that Ajit Wadekar-led group.
In a Foreword to the ebook My Way – The Biography of ML Jaisimha by A Joseph Antony with Jayanthi Jaisimha, Gavaskar wrote: “When I used to be picked for India it was great to have him [Jaisimha] in the tour celebration. I received the chance not solely to bat with him but additionally to speak about cricket and life in common. One may go to him for any drawback. Even if he didn’t have an answer, he was a terrific listener making all the right sympathetic responses.”
Jaisimha was dropped after the opening Test in 1971 at Kingston. It was a tough resolution for captain Wadekar however in the skipper’s phrases, “he took it just like the sportsman that he’s and guaranteed me that I may at all times rely on him.”
The fashionable batsman returned to the group for the fourth (Barbados) and fifth (Trinidad) Tests of the collection which India gained 1-0. Jaisimha didn’t play for India once more. The Indian group later toured England and gained there too however Wadekar was not coy to admit in My Cricketing Years that he missed Jaisimha’s “reassuring presence.”