“While there was tremendous pride and joy being Vinoobhai’s son, the sheer weight of expectation and pressure to live up to his stature was unfair and impossible to achieve.
I was frankly unhappy on being known as someone’s son and brother,” said Rahul, the younger brother of Test player Ashok. His elder brother Atul was a first-class player like himself.
Rahul (57) migrated to Australia in 1984. He played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy from 1975-76 to 1984-85. Rahul added: “After being away for 30 years, I have now grown up and matured to understand what all this means.
I am totally humbled by the experience. I can imagine what poor Arjun is going through,” he said while speaking during The Legends Club — Mankad on Mankad function to commemorate the 96th birth anniversary of Vinoo Mankad at the Cricket Club of India on Friday.
Recollecting some memories of his father, Rahul said: “To us, he was Vinoobhai not father or Papa. He was a cool guy, ahead of his times. In those days, I didn’t understand why he resigned from all committees after we started playing. He said, ‘I do not want my name to be tainted’.