Once I told a senior colleague Pradeep Vijaykar in sports department of The Times of India that I would like to interview Sunil Gavaskar. “Go to Nirlons, Worli,” he directed.
I rang up Nirlons and managed to talk to Gavaskar. “I am under contract. So forget the interview,” he replied. But I thought I would give it a try anyway. Took a bus to Worli, entered the reception and asked for Sunil.
“You have an appointment?”
“Yes,” I lied.
Within a few minutes, Sunil was there, surrounded by a bevy of pretty girls.
“Ramesh?” he asked.
“Hiii..Sunil,” I ran towards him.
“I told you I cannot give an interview,” he said.
“Boss, I just want to talk to you about Gavaskar and other activities. Nothing to do with cricket.”
“Gavaskar is 24-hours cricket,” he replied, winked and walked off.
You can imagine the disappointment. Looked around and saw famous cricketer of those days, Karsan Ghavri, sitting in a cabin. Ghavri was in news for some alleged comments he had made on Gavaskar.
Met him and came out with an interview titled “I was grossly misquoted,” that was published in the Evening News of India.