New Delhi: In an award ceremony on Sunday in Mumbai, Sunil Gavaskar's son Rohan revealed how courageous his dad is, not only on field but also in real life. Rohan, recalled a horrific day when Gavaskar senior saved a whole family from 1993 Mumbai riots.
"Another one of his characteristics is courage. I got to say there was an incident in 1993 after the bomb blasts (which rocked Mumbai), which left a real impact on me. We were standing on our terrace, right after the bomb blasts a few days later, when we saw a hate mob, and they had cornered a family. We knew they did not have any good intentions towards the family and dad saw that, ran down and confronted the hate mob," revealed Rohan who also played for 11 one day internationals for Indian Cricket Team.
Praising his dad, Rohan further said,"He told the mob, whatever you are going to do that family, you are going to do to me first and then better sense prevailed and the family was allowed to go on its way. It takes a special kind of courage to put your life at risk and confront the hate mob and I guess, it takes special kind of courage to sort of face the kind of bowlers which he did in his career without a helmet. People called it courage, someone may call insanity, but in my mind it needs a special courage to do that."
Gavaskar, 67, was present at the award ceremony where he received the Golden Jubilee Life Time Achievement Award by the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai. He was presented with a silver salver, a memorabilia and a citation which had details of his 34 centuries, by former India captain Ajit Wadekar and former opener Madhav Apte.
Gavaskar, who is Known for his fearless batting style and unique shot selection, proved yet again that he's brave outside cricket as well.