New Delhi: India continued its winning campaign at the World Cup on June 27 as they defeated West Indies by 125 runs at the Old Trafford. While the defeat all but puts the Windies out of the tournament, one of the players in the squad, Sunil Ambris, is proof of a beautiful link the two teams share, not known to many.
In a tweet, sports journalist and author Joy Bhattacharjya recently revealed that two West Indies players, Sunil Narine and Sunil Ambris, were named after Indian batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar. On the other hand, Gavaskar’s son, Rohan Gavaskar, has been named after West Indian player Rohan Kanhai.
A friend's comment just reminded me of the wonderful shared legacy of India West Indies cricket. Both Sunil Narine and Sunil Ambris were named after Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar in turn was named in honour of the legendary West Indian, Rohan Kanhai.
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) June 27, 2019
Joy tweeted, “A friend’s comment just reminded me of the wonderful shared legacy of India West Indies cricket. Both Sunil Narine and Sunil Ambris were named after Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar in turn was named in honour of the legendary West Indian, Rohan Kanhai.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019
Kanhai was considered one of the best batsmen in the world in the 1960s. He was part of the West Indian team that won the first-ever Cricket World Cup in 1975.
India on June 27 defeated West Indies at Old Trafford, the same field where they had vanquished the Carribeans in the first match of the 1983 World Cup. Coach Ravi Shastri recently said that the win gave Team India the confidence they could win the Cup, which they proceeded to do.
At Thursday’s match, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first and India made a defending total of 268 runs with two half-centuries by Kohli and MS Dhoni, while KL Rahul’s 48 and Hardik Pandya’s 46 also contributed to build India’s innings.
🇮🇳 v 🇿🇦 – Won by 6 wickets
🇮🇳 v 🇦🇺 – Won by 36 runs
🇮🇳 v 🇵🇰 – Won by 89 runs
🇮🇳 v 🇦🇫 – Won by 11 runs
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 27, 2019
India bundled out the Windies at 143 runs, where Mohammed Shami took 4 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 2 wickets each. Virat Kohli was awarded Man of the Match for his 72-run knock.
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