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Karsan Ghavri (Part II)

Meet Karsan Ghavri Face to Face as part of CricInfo's video/audio interview series.

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Karsan Ghavri
"I played a few good innings. The number I bat, it is very hard to get centuries in at No. 7 and No. 8."

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CricInfo: You played a major part in an overseas Test match in Australia during the 1980-81 tour. In the match in Melbourne, you got John Dyson and Greg Chappell with successive balls in the fourth innings. Could you remember those two deliveries which you bowled?

Karsan Ghavri: Yes, I remember it very well. On the fourth day when I started to bowl, Kapil was not on the field due to an injury. We had just half an hour or 40 minutes left on the fourth day when first I captured the wicket of Dyson and off the next ball Chappell fell according to our plan. We had planned to bowl a bouncer to Chappell as soon as he came to bat the previous day. I bowled a bouncer which did not come up and it just skidded through and he was bowled round the legs. I think those two wickets made a big difference and after that Kapil just ran through the side on an uneven track. He picked up five wickets while Doshi claimed two. We bowled them out for 83 and won that match. This was first time India squared the series in Australia. [Video | Audio]

[Greg Chappell] [John Dyson] [Dilip Doshi]
Australia v India at Melbourne: [Scorecard]

CI: Now lets talk about your association with Kapil Dev as his new ball partner. Your pairing is considered to be one of the most successful medium pace attacks. How did you compliment each other and how much boost did Kapil give your bowling?

KG: We both had a good understanding between each other and also a bit of competition between us. If he got a wicket, I also wanted to get a wicket. So a healthy competition developed between us. Kapil is a hard working guy, talented and a natural player. He played very well in Test cricket and one dayers and also was a world record holder. He deserved all these credits and in fact he took more wickets in India itself, which is an achievement as the wickets here are more suitable for spinners rather than medium pacers. [Video | Audio]

[Mahomed Nissar] [Amar Singh]

CI: You have taken most of the wickets with the new ball bowling medium pacers. But in Test matches you employed spin too. Could you recall those moments?

KG: I was given the old ball when Bishen Bedi was not on the field on a few occasions in different venues in Test matches which happened to be a useful experience. In fact I got a few wickets also.

CI: Could you remember those matches?

KG: I bowled spinners against England at the Wankhede Stadium during the 1976-77 series. Tony Greig was the captain of England and I picked up five wickets. Again in 1977 in Australia at Adelaide I took three wickets. Later against Pakistan I took a couple of wickets at the Wankhede Stadium. Therefore, I feel that I did fairly well enough with the old ball too. These were the few instances where I got an opportunity to bowl spinners with the old ball and I did a fairly good job. [Video | Audio]

[BS Bedi] [Tony Greig]

Bombay match: [Scorecard]

CI: Your career ended rather prematurely after the New Zealand tour though you fared well on the Australian tour of 1980-81. Do you feel that you could have played for some more years?

KG: Certainly, I could have played a couple of more years. Unfortunately during the tour of New Zealand I suffered from a neck injury, which forced me out of cricket for a few months. During that time, in domestic cricket my performance was not up to the mark and I was dropped both for the Tests and the Ranji Trophy games as well. With a bit of hard work, I could have made it, but personally I felt dejected and disappointment and never took up the challenge. If I had taken up the challenge, probably I could have played for a season or more. [Video | Audio]

Ind-Aus 1978 series: [Tour]

CI: You had played a lot of cricket for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy. What is the difference between playing for Bombay and other states?

KG: Bombay is the Mecca of Indian cricket. Bombay is a competitive side. The players are both committed and professional. It is very tough to get into the side and once you get into the squad, you should be a performer and one cannot live with past glories. Off late we have some tough sides like Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Delhi and Bengal, where there is competition. This is a good sign for the country. [Video | Audio]

CI: Looking back at your career, do you have any regrets?

KG: No, I don't have any regrets. I played good cricket for India and feel that I have contributed a little bit and really enjoyed playing the game. But one of my disappointments is that though I took 100 Test wickets, I should have gone for the double - that is gone for 1000 runs which I missed out. Probably I would have achieved it if I played one or two Tests more. Then I could have been in the list of doubles like Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri and Vinoo Mankad. There are not many and I fell short by a few runs. [Video | Audio]

[Vinoo Mankad] [Ravi Shastri] [Kapil Dev]

CI: You never scored a Test century. Do you have regrets for this?

KG: No, not at all. Though I played a few good innings, scoring centuries coming in at number seven or eight is very difficult. But I scored a few fifties for which I'm happy. [Video | Audio]

CI: And finally how did you keep in touch with the game today? Do you still find time to maintain your involvement?

KG: Yes. Whenever there are some festival games or charity games, I love to go and play them. I also played in the veteran's series between India and Sri Lanka, England etc. I'm still in touch with the game and keep myself fit by playing golf regularly.

CI: Given a chance, will you like to expand your coaching commitments?

KG: Yes. Certainly in the future, if given an opportunity and if my work permits me, I would love to do it.

CI: Thanks a lot and it's been a pleasure talking to you.

KG: Thank you. [Video | Audio]

Karsan Ghavri [Part I]

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