Gavaskar’s Temper, Kapil’s Heroics : India’s tour had been marked by some ordinary umpiring. India, down 0-1 heading to the Melbourne decider, had their backs to the wall. An off-colour Sunil Gavaskar fought hard for 70 before being felled by a dubious LBW to Dennis Lillee. Gavaskar expressed his disappointment animatedly and was walking off before Lillee abused him.
Gavaskar had a meltdown. He instantly decided to boycott the game, urging his opening partner Chetan Chauhan to walk off with him. Chauhan hesitatingly joined his captain before team manager SK Durani intervened, asking him to carry on batting.
India eventually set Australia 143 to win the game and series. Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Doshi landed the first cuts before Kapil Dev, suffering from a groin injury, took 5-28 fuelled by sheer force of will. Australia were bowled out for 83.