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Imran Khan Challenge: This is how Imran Khan pushed the cricketing career of Sunil Gavaskar at Italian restaurant in London

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 August 2018, 14:11 IST

Pakistan former skipper and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan in presence of several cricketers.

Indian former skipper Sunil Gavaskar recalled the time when the cricketer turned politician and Pakistan former skipper Imran Khan threw him a ‘challenge’ to make him to postponed his retirement plans.

Sunil Gavaskar revealed his plans of retirement infront of Imran Khan at the end of India’s tour of England. 

As reported  in Indian Express Gavaskar wrote in the column of Times of India that  ‘You can’t retire now. Pakistan is coming to India next year and I want to beat India in India. If you aren’t part of that team, it won’t be the same. Come on, let’s have one last tilt against each other,’ Imran Khan replied when I told him I planned to retire at the end of the India tour of England,” 

“It was in 1986 and we were having lunch at an Italian restaurant in London. I said if the announcement of the tour wasn’t made before the final Test, I would go ahead and announce my retirement from international cricket. The tour was indeed announced in a few days.”

“Pakistan won the last and final Test of that series after the earlier Tests were all drawn and thus beat India for the first time in India,” Gavaskar added.

Gavaskar also praised  Imran Khan’s ‘vision’ during the World Cup 1992 as skipper and said “He had a vision before the 1992 World cup started that Pakistan would win the trophy and that’s exactly how it turned out. His belief despite Pakistan’s slow start to the tournament was unshakeable,” he wrote.

“He is the only Prime Minister of Pakistan who has come to India several times as an ordinary citizen and has interacted not only with the high societal types but also the man on the street who met him as a fan. He should, therefore, be well aware that most Indians would want him to succeed as a Prime Minister and usher in a new era of friendship, and look forward not back,” he wrote.

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First published: 18 August 2018, 14:11 IST
 
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