Former Cricketer Rohan Gavaskar, at a recent award ceremony, revealed that his dad, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, is not just a sports hero but a real life hero.
Rohan, who was speaking at the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai’s award function, recalled the time when he was just a teen and saw his father show ‘courage’ by stepping in front a mob to save a family.
He said that this was during the 1993’s Mumbai riots where a hate mob had wanted to harm a family.
“The incident of 1993 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.”
Rohan revealed that his father stepped between the mob and the family and said that they would have to harm him in order to get to the family.
“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.”
Taking pride in his father’s act, Rohan added, that for him this was a ‘special kind of courage’.
“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.”
Rohan was speaking at an award function where his father was being presented with the Golden Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award.
There he was presented with a silver salver, memorabilia and a citation which had details about his 34 Test centuries.