Former Indian team captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that he has not yet understood why he was removed from the captaincy even after winning the Test series against West Indies at home in 1978–79. He also scored more than 700 runs in this series.
India won the six-match series 1–0. After this series, S. in place of Gavaskar. Venkataraghavan was made the captain of the team.
Gavaskar wrote in his column in the English newspaper Mid-Day, “Even after winning the series against the West Indies, I was removed from the captaincy, while in this series I had scored more than 700 runs.”
Gavaskar wrote, ‘I don’t know the reason for this yet, but maybe I was willing to join the Carrie Packer World Series cricket at that time, so it might have been removed. Before the selection, I signed an agreement with the BCCI and told to whom I am loyal.
Gavaskar told how he convinced the selectors to keep Bishan Singh Bedi in the team. Gavaskar said, “The committee had decided that he would remove Bedi after three matches.”
Gavaskar said, ‘When I took over as captain after Pakistan series, the committee wanted to remove him. I said that he is still the best left-arm spinner in the country and that is why he gave him a chance in the first Test match.