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    EDITORS PICK What's in a name? A tale of tributes between India, West Indies...

    What’s in a name? A tale of tributes between India, West Indies cricket teams

    Two of the West Indies players are named after Indian batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar. Guess who Gavaskar's son is named after?

    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.

    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.”

    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.

    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.

    Also Read: ‘No one except Kapil Dev thought we could win’: 1983 World Cup winners recall triumph

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