While admittinG that Sunil Gavaskar’s knowledge of cricket is one-and-a-half billion times better than his and that he cannot counter or question the cricketer’s views, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan came out strongly against former India captain’s views on the multiple captain theory.
Gavaskar blasted KKR coach John Buchanan and his multiple captain theory in his column, which appeared in HT on Sunday.
“I read the column. I am a very big fan of Gavaskar. I grew up admiring the Little Master, Gundappa Viswanath and Kapil Dev. I have had a lot of great moments with Gavaskar saab.
“But having said that, this (multiple captains plan by Buchanan) is a format that is new. With due respects to Gavaskar saab and his views, this (T20) is the version of the game that he did not indulge in.
“New things come and people tend to look down upon it,” Khan said at a promotional event for his team here.
Khan said, though not as a request: “Please give it breathing space. We are trying a new thing. We will learn if we fail. I have spent a lot of money in buying this team and if anyone has a problem, let him buy a team and direct it the way he wants it. I would not want to lose without trying.”
Khan said he has mailed everybody in his team including John (Buchanan) about Gavaskar’s column and has told them “with due respects, not to take it seriously”.
Khan also said that not many have understood the concept of multiple captains.
“But a lot has been said about it. We are trying to give a method. If you try news things and fail, I have no problem.
“There is a captain who will go out for toss. T20 is a format where one captain cannot look around everywhere. We are giving signals to individuals like how it is in baseballs where signals are given to batters, pitchers.
“If it succeeds in training sessions, we will implement it in the tournament. If it fails, we will not implement it.”
Khan was hopeful about his team making to the semifinals this year. “The availability of the players is 97%. This itself is a very strong line-up and that gives us a little more hope about the semifinal place.”