first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar, speaking at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 , walked down memory lane to recount his first memories at the iconic Lord’s, known as the Headquarters of world cricket. Gavaskar, who had dominated the fearsome West Indies pace battery on his debut series in the Caribbean islands, said he was rather disappointed by what he saw when he first saw the ground from the visitors’ dressing room. “I had heard so much about Lord’s. The dressing room is on the first floor and when you saw Lord’s from the visitors’ dressing room, you see a slope. I thought to myself, how can a ground which is so reverred have a slope?” Gavaskar pointed out he was also taken aback by the atmosphere at Lord’s, where fans just applaud politely as opposed to the loud cheers and hoopla of fans at packed stadia.  “The English are a lot more restrained with their applause. In India, you are used to more noise. “The atmosphere did not really uplift you. It was disappointment more than anything else. It wasn’t hate or anything,” he said. Gavaskar said he also felt Lord’s was a “bit snobbish”. “If you are calling it the HQs of cricket, you should be able to recognise some of the current players – some of them can’t be denied admission because they do not have accreditation. I found that a little snobbish. That’s why the connection did not establish.” WATCH VIDEOlast_img