A simple slip of the tongue has delivered a hilarious gaffe after Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw mistakenly introduced Sunil Gavaskar as Sachin Tendulkar.
Brayshaw was in the hosting chair nearing the end of the Indian innings when he was throwing to a change of commentators.
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But as can happen in a commentary box when you’ve got to keep the conversation going for eight hours, Brayshaw made the error.
While Gavaskar is a legend in his own right, Tendulkar is one of the most recognisable cricketers in the world seven years after his last professional games of cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar is still the name on everyone’s lips.Source:AFP
And joining Gavaskar and Brayshaw was former Australian quick and larrikin Damien Fleming, who was never going to let it go past without comment in a hilarious exchange:
Brayshaw: “Sachin Tendulkar, welcome, and also Damien Fleming.”
Fleming: “Sachin Tendulkar’s in the commentary box?”
Brayshaw: “We were just talking …
Fleming: “[This is] the great man, the little master.”
Brayshaw: “My apologies Sunil, we were just talking about him a second ago.”
Gavaskar: “I am flattered, I am flattered to be called Sachin Tendulkar.”
Brayshaw: “We were just talking about him a second ago.”
Fleming added: “We share a birthday Sachin, the 24th of April”, to which Gavaskar quipped “not the same year though”.
It was Fleming who shares the birthday with Tendulkar with the 50-year-old Aussie three years older than the 47-year-old Indian.
The 71-year-old Gavaskar took it in his stride however and gave him a pass.
Brayshaw couldn’t believe he made that mistake.Source:Channel 7
Brayshaw tried to dig himself out of the hole, revealing the conversation that took place off air.
“Suni, we can share with the audience why we were talking about Sachin Tendulkar,” Brayshaw said. “I asked you, I said ‘Is he the most loved Indian cricketer of all time?’ There have been a few, yourself included.”
Gavaskar said: “I think so. I think amongst the cricket followers, if you look at Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar they are all loved by millions and millions of not just Indians, but other nationalities as well. I would imagine in India it would be perhaps Sachin Tendulkar.”
Gavaskar was also a former Indian skipper and the first man to score 10,000 Test runs as well as the most Test centuries — both records which are now held by Tendulkar.
While Gavaskar was happy to let it slide, some fans weren’t as forgiving with one saying “how embarrassing” while another called it “peak Brayshaw”.
I don’t mind James Brayshaw as an AFL commentator but as for cricket, he is very ordinary.
This clip is truly embarrassing.
How can you confuse Sunil Gavaskar with Sachin Tendulkar ? pic.twitter.com/PeyBuYCIMv
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