5 of the most high-profile sackings in Indian cricket history
Cricket in the subcontinent is considered to be much more than just a sport. The players are put on lofty pedestals and, consequently, face endless scrutiny on every aspect of their lives. However, when the team loses, the captain and coaches have to face the wrath of the passionate public.
In India, quite a few star captains have been given the axe for the team's lack of results or for their own inconsistent form. On some occasions, even coaches have not been spared the guillotine.
In chronological order, let us take us a look at five of the most high-profile sackings in Indian cricket history.
Star players who were dropped are not taken into consideration - only captains, coaches, and selectors have been included in this feature.
#5 Sunil Gavaskar - Captain (1979)
After taking over the captaincy mantle from Bishan Singh Bedi during the 1978-79 season, Sunil Gavaskar led India to its first ever home series victory against West Indies.
Even though the Caribbean outfit was severely weakened as a result of Kerry Packer's World Series of Cricket, the batting stalwart's resolute leadership propelled the then-unheralded Indian team to a 1-0 series triumph against a visiting side - one that contained the likes of Alvin Kallicharran, Sylvester Clarke, and Malcolm Marshall.
In spite of leading the country to victory in his first assignment as full-time captain, Gavaskar was inexplicably stripped of his leadership for the 1979 tour of England, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan took over.
The Indian board insisted that the change was due to the senior off-spinner's extensive experience in English conditions, as a result of his county stint with Derbyshire.
However, allegations began to circulate about Gavaskar being reprimanded for contemplating signing with the Packer rebels.
Gavaskar responded by scoring a sublime double century which placed his team on the brink of pulling off an astonishing run-chase at The Oval. Although they came within nine runs of the whopping target of 438, India eventually settled for a creditable draw.