He was also a very agile and a fearless fielder. Gaekwad led the country five times against England. India lost that series 0-5 to England. Gaekwad put up a solid performance in that tour by scoring more than 1,000 runs with a healthy average of 35 runs.
Gaekwad was one of the stalwarts in the domestic championship by scoring 17 centuries with a highest score of 249 runs. Now better known as the father of former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad, D K Gaekwad spoke to 'thatscricket.com' in an exclusive telephonic interview.
Does the issue of cricketers getting involved in the match-fixing controversies disturb you?
Obviously I feel bad and I am a little disappointed too. But I would wait for the final report from the CBI. It is too early too say anything right now.
What action should be taken if the cricketers are found guilty?
I think a strong action should be taken against the guilty. It is up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide about the action, but it should be a very bold one.
Do you personally believe that cricketers are really involved in the match-fixing business?
It is difficult to say anything. They may or may not be involved. But now the CBI inquiry report is almost in its final stages. Let us wait and see what the actual report says.
What is your opinion on the appointment of a foreign coach?
I strongly believe that India does not require a foreign coach. I came to know from media reports that names of Geoff Marsh and John Wright are doing rounds. I think it is not fair to go for a foreign coach.
It is not that they will be charging astronomical sums for the post, but they may not fit well with the Indian players. We have players from all states and they speak different languages, but that apart, I personally believe that only an Indian coach can understand the value of an Indian player as he would have seen him play. If we appoint a foreign coach this advantage is lost.
Any comments on Kapil Dev?
I do not want to make any comments.
Do you think the Board should have continued with your son Anshuman Gaekwad, who was the coach of the Indian side not so long?
Well, I think he was appointed for a period of two years and I believe that there should at least be a three-year contract for any coach.
Now there are rumours about Anshuman making a come back. What do you say?
As far as I know, he hasn't received any communication in this regard. As a father I will be very happy if he is appointed the coach of the Indian team again.