India’s great batsman Sunil Gavaskar has said that India’s tour of Pakistan in 1982-83 was very difficult because the bowling of the hosts at that time was very fast and swinging. Gavaskar said in a conversation with former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja on a YouTube channel, ‘India visited Pakistan in 1982-83. Every single spell thrown by Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz was challenging. He took 40 wickets in the series and the tour was very difficult.
Pakistan had won 3–0 in the six-match Test series under the captaincy of Imran Khan. Imran took the maximum 40 wickets in his series. At the same time, Kapil Dev took the maximum 24 wickets for India.
Gavaskar said, “Imran and Sarfaraz bowled very challenging. No one had heard of reverse swing in those days. The new ball was not a problem. But the way he bowled after lunch, it was difficult to cope with it. ‘
The former captain also said that facing Richard Hadley’s pace and swing in New Zealand was also a tough challenge for him. He said, ‘It was the hardest for me to face Hadley on the New Zealand tour in 1981. Hadley’s balls were very challenging in the three-match Test series.