Before Sachin, Anil Gaurav ruled Mumbai cricket
Before Sachin Tendulkar emerged as the reputed cricker of Mumbai, Anil Gaurav held that post and was acclaimed as the Mumbai’s star cricketer.
The same cricketer who would otherwise has been another great cricketer of Mumbai was found in Nalasopora area with stinking smell of cheap liquor. He was once known as Viv Richards of Mumbai for his befitting batting style that even suprpassed many of the eminent cricketers of that time. He barely remembers the information of him teaching tips to the legendry Sachin Tendulkar and many others.
Gaurav also remembers every bitter detail about how he lost his own way, partly to many things beyond his control. He significantly remembers his brother who drifted to the other, darker side of Mumbai. Remote and unknown place for many, Nalasopara is the back of beyond in Mumbai. Deep down in one of its narrowest lanes, lies a “landmark”, ‘Trimbak Bungalow’, in reality as dilapidated as its neighboring slums. A few people aware of Gaurav, who was once a cricketer. But they had very limited information about him.
There was a trend when the coach Ramakant Achrekar used to toss the coin to choose members for the team; it was Gaurav who was chosen before Sachin for his stature.
The boys derisively tempt Gaurav to participate in their cricket matches before slandering him. And they speak in whispers about how he will go to any extent for his next drink — even if it means cleaning gutters or selling off the trophies and medals he once won. He keeps on talking. Gaurav said things were a lot different 25 years ago.
Every hook shot that he sent sailing over the outfield from under his nose would invoke raptures of applause. In mid-’80s the murmurs were that the fields were witnessing the arrival of the next big thing from Mumbai since Sunil Gavaskar.
From one end Sachin retired at Mumabi after creating many records for the nation and for self, from the other end Gaurav remained a hatred person among the neighbours for his drunkard behavior. Sachin used to play under the captaincy of Anil for Sasenian club. So many audiences used to watch Gaurav’s cricket. Sachin used to be one among them.
He used to question how would he hit the ball so strongly. Gaurav said that Sachin made his first century with his bat in the competitive cricket. Gaurav said Sachin got ashamed to seek bat directly from him and apparoched through a common friend of them.
But years after, the person who needed to take runs in the field had to run away from police. The reason for such a pathetic situation has been the links of Gaurav’s brother with Mumbai’s Mafia dons. His Ajit has been a close ally of Mumbai Mafia. Due to the only incident Gaurav’s entire talent got buried. He remembered the days when the police used to catch hold of him to interrogate. In order to forget his grief, he became addicted to liquor and turned to be a drunkard.
Many laurels were received by Gaurav varying from trophies to medals and from certificates to commendations. In his retirement speech Sachin gave the credit to his elder brother for his success. But here in Gaurav’s fall we find his brother to be responsible.
The moral of this tory is that everyone needs a great support from his family members for his/her success. Man proposes and God disposes… the same thing happened in Gaurav’s life. He thought of becoming a cricketer and he turned to be a drunkard.