Sunil Gavaskar (AFP Photo)
MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has given a perfect 71st birthday gift to cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar: It has restored his two fixed seats at the Wankhede Stadium which were missing after the stadium was refurbished before the 2011 World Cup.
A request to that effect was made by MCA Apex Council member and noted curator Nadim Memon earlier this week, which has been accepted by MCA president Vijay Patil. Gavaskar will turn 71 on Friday.
On Thursday evening, the MCA said in a press release: “It was brought to our notice that the two fixed seats allotted to Smt and Shri Sunil Gavaskar were inadvertently, not restored. However, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) headed by the President, Dr Vijay Patil, has decided not only to reinstate the two fixed seats in their honour but also re-position the two fixed seats in the name of Smt. and Shri Sunil Gavaskar, in the president’s Box at the Wankhede Stadium, MCA.”
After Gavaskar retired, in 1988 the Bombay Cricket Association (BCA, as it was known as then) president SK Wankhede reserved two seats each for the corporate giant JRD Tata, famed singer Lata Mangeshkar and Gavaskar in the front row of the Garware pavilion bench. After the stadium was refurbished a decade back, there are now bucket seats in that area.