Atherton offers Gavaskar "peace on Nasser Hussain’s behalf" after heated debate

Michael Atherton has offered "peace on Nasser Hussain 's behalf" to Sunil Gavaskar after the India legend took issue with what Hussain wrote in his column.

On Wednesday, Gavaskar confronted Hussain on live TV about his claim that past India sides could get "bullied" by opposition teams and the pair engaged in a heated debate.

On Thursday, it was Atherton who joined Gavaskar as part of Sony Sports' coverage of the third Test between England and India instead of Hussain.

As their pre-match discussion reached a conclusion, Atherton said: "I have come to offer peace on Nasser Hussain's behalf after what happened yesterday."

Gavaskar laughed and then replied: "I never took a backward step so I'm not going to do that even now. This should be pretty much known to those who know me by now."

The line which Gavaskar took umbrage with was in Hussain's column for the Daily Mail, where he wrote: "This India are not a side who will be bullied, as perhaps previous generations have been."

On air, Gavaskar challenged Hussain to explain what he meant by that, saying: "You said this India will not be bullied as perhaps the previous generations would be.

"Belonging to previous generation, could you perhaps enlighten which generation? And what is the exact meaning of bully?"

Hussain replied: "I just think, the Indian side under the aggression of the past, would have said 'no no no'. But what Kohli has done is to make them go doubly hard.

"I saw a little bit of that in Sourav Ganguly’s side and he started that, Virat is continuing with it.

"Even when Virat was not there, Ajinkya really went hard at the Australians. I just don’t think you want to wake this Indian side up."

However, Gavaskar was not satisfied with Hussain's response, adding: "But when you say previous generations were bullied, I don’t think so.

"I’d be very upset if my generation was being talked about as being bullied. If you have a look at the record, in 1971 we won, that was my first tour in England.

"1974, we had internal problems so we lost 3-0. 1979, we lost 1-0, it could have been 1-1 if we chased down 438 at the Oval. 1982 we again lost 1-0.

"In 1986 we won 2-0, we could have won it 3-0. So, I don’t think my generation we were bullied. I don’t think aggression means you have always got to be at the face of the opposition.

"You can show passion, you can show your commitment towards your team without yelling after each fall of wicket."

Hussain replied: "I for one, quite like the way Kohli leads this side. That’s what I wanted to say. That team talk in which he said 'let’s unleash fire on this English side' and you could see the fire that they unleashed."

“There is no argument in that," Gavaskar responded. "The question is saying that the previous generations were bullied. I don’t think this is right."

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