Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar says he did not know then that the person was an underworld Don. Dilip has brought out in the open what was discussed in private till now. The stylish right-hander of yesteryear has admitted that gangster Dawood Ibrahim had access to the Indian dressing room during several tournaments in the 1980s.
Participating in a Marathi talk show in Jalgaon on Monday, Vengsarkar reportedly said that Dawood Ibrahim had entered the Indian dressing room during a tournament in Sharjah in 1987, but was booted out by then captain Kapil Dev. “Dawood had said: “If you guys win the tournament, I will give all of you a Toyota car each. The offer was rejected by the team,” Vengsarkar had said at a function in Jalgaon.
“Yes, I remember a gentleman walking into our dressing room in a game in Sharjah and wanting to talk to the players. But I asked him to leave the dressing room immediately as outsiders were not allowed,” Kapil said.
He listened to me and then walked out of the dressing room without saying anything. Later, someone told me he was a smuggler from Bombay and his name was Dawood Ibrahim. Beyond that nothing happened,” Kapil added.