Batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar, visited DreamCricket Academy in NJ and spent quality time with the junior cricketers there. In a short and inspiring speech, Gavaskar reinforced the importance of the sport saying "Participating in sports is the biggest high you can get. It is the reflection of the society you are in". Edison Mayor, Jun H. Choi welcomed Gavaskar to the township of Edison while expressing his belief in "the great power of sport to bring people together".
Gavaskar, regarded as the greatest opening batsmen of all time, held many world careers during his career, including that of most test runs (10,122) and most centuries (32). The latter record stood for some two decades before it was broken by his protege, Sachin Tendulkar, in 2005. Gavaskar, who was a panel speaker at the Wharton India Economic Forum, 2009, stopped in New Jersey on his way back to India to catch up with friends in the region. Following a visit to junior cricketers at DreamCricket Academy, a cricket training facility in New Jersey, Gavaskar stopped at Edison.
He said that he was very impressed with New Jersey's junior cricketers and noted that the next step in the development of cricket in Edison would be to introduce good quality grounds in the area. When DreamCricket.com requested the Little Master to visit the DreamCricket Academy, Gavaskar immediately agreed despite his hectic schedule and connected with the kids instantly. Noticing the hands go up reluctantly when he asked who the DreamCricket Academy's opening batsmen were, he joked, "I don't blame you. You have to be crazy to be openers!".
The young players were not old enough to have seen the Little Master in action during his playing days, but they were awestruck when they were introduced to someone considered India's best ever opening batsmen. Gavasker gave a short and inspiring speech saying "Remember that, above all, this is a sport. You have to enjoy sports. Participating in sports is the biggest high that you can have. It's a reflection of the society that you are in. Sometimes, the better batsmen looks after the lesser batsmen, the better bowler looks after the lesser bowler."
Asked whether American-born cricketers had a chance to play cricket at the highest level, Gavasker said, "I think that with effort comes better performance. When you perform, you get noticed. And higher honors await you. Throughout the process, enjoy the sport and get the thrill of participation."
Gavasker spent an hour in the nets with the children as they got a chance to bowl to the legend. He then watched some of the kids practice their batting. Edison Cricket Club president and Gavasker's host in Edison, Atul Huckoo noted that Edison could become the regional center for international cricket.