Beware of the news captions that are deceptive!"Kiran More's shocking comments on Gavaskar – 'The worst batsman of his times!' "
This was one of the news headlines that appeared on a popular English news online website. My Eyes got stuck on those lines, it was surprising if he had said so and mind was quick enough to analyze his wicket-keeping capabilities comparing to his predecessor Syed Kirmani; the catches and stumping he missed that costed India to lose the matches etc., – all happened within a fraction of seconds. Whatever his views may be, let me click on the link to go through the complete article, I thought, and did so.
When I completed the reading, it was a different experience shared by the former wicket-keeper and former Chief selector of the Indian team. He said that the all-time versatile world-class Indian star batsman Sunil Gavaskar was very worst at net practice. But he wondered how he could make tons of runs at the crease while playing against the world's fastest bowlers and greatest spinners. Sunny never felt unhappy when he was out for a duck or for a lower score but used to throw away the gloves forcefully after getting back to the green room while losing his wicket scoring after 30 or 40 runs. Kiran More praised his concentration on the ball while playing and his defensive strokes with perfection but failed to understand his laziness during the net practice sessions.
The above was the gist of his interview but the news item sensationalized the article by giving caption 'The worst batsman of his times!' and removing the words 'at net practice session'. I felt uncomfortable for jumping into a decision without going through the complete text.
This is a trend set by the media today to gain viewership or readership and we should not be confused or arrived at a conclusion without going through the complete content. So, Beware of the news captions that are deceptive!
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