In an exclusive chat with India Today, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar threw light on what his daily life has been like during the ongoing lockdown across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunil Gavaskar has grown a beard while staying at home during coronavirus lockdown (India Today Photo)
- In the evenings I go for a walk on my terrace: Sunil Gavaskar
- Also, watch some TV serials or something like that in the evening: Gavaskar
- I would be very happy if my entire family was here: Gavaskar
Talking to India Today Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai, Gavaskar, who was sporting a white beard attributed the facial hair to ‘sheer laziness’ before revealing that he has been living life ‘in the ultra sow lane’ during the lockdown. However, what was most surprising was Gavaskar’s revelation that he has lost a lot of weight in this time and now weighs just a few grams more than what he used to when he made his Test debut for India in 1971 – almost 50 years ago!
“Basically I have been taking it a bit easy, waking up late, catching up on a bit of breeding. Then in the evenings I go for a walk on my terrace and I could tell you that you will be surprised to know that I have almost come down to my debut series weight – just 0.03 kgs more than what my weight was when I made my debut. Also, the fact that because of the restrictions, your diets are also restricted. Also, watch some TV serials or something like that in the evening. Overall, just pretty happy to be staying at home actually,” said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar also rued the fact that his entire family couldn’t be with him at this moment but video calling features in smartphones and other such devices have helped him stay connected with his whole family.
“In the ultra-slow lane (living life in). I would be very happy if my entire family was here with me but that’s not the case. But thankfully with all these new contraptions you can actually see each other and talk to each other so that’s a big plus as well,” said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar also said that his donation of Rs. 59 lakh towards the fight against coronavirus is ‘nothing’ compared to what a few others are doing. He also offered more help to the government in the ongoing struggle to contain the pandemic.
“Yes I got 35 hundreds for India in Tests and ODIs so I gave that (35 lakhs) to the PM-CARES fund and I got 24 for Mumbai so I gave the same amount to the Maharashtra CM-Relief fund. But that’s nothing and people are doing much more and if the govt. wants me to anything more I would be very happy to do that. I am what I am only because of India,” said Gavaskar.