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Sunil Gavaskar : The Legendry
This Cricketer needs no introduction. The assest of the Indian cricket
team, he was a player who was ready to take on the world, gutsy, brave and a
master in his own right. Sunil "Sunny" Gavaskar is a
record-setting batsman and a national hero to India's cricket fans. Born on
10th July1949 Gavaskar changed the face of Indian cricket. In the
1980s Gavaskar, sometimes called "The Little Master" (he's 5' 4"),
dominated Indian cricket and became famous for his meticulous approach as
well as his distinctive headgear.
On The Pitch:
He was the first cricketer to make 10, 000 runs and his record of 34 test
centuries still stands untouched. The fact that Sunny went on to score
10,000 runs is a tribute to the mans enormous talent. His amazing
concentration was the key to his success
Gavaskar's 221 at the Oval in 1979 were one of the best innings ever played
by any batsman, particularly bearing in mind the important fact that India
started their second innings in the seemingly impossible position of needing
438 runs in 500 minutes to win. Gavaskar was by far the best batsman of
either side in the series - and England had Boycott, Gooch and Gower.
Gavaskar's batting records are amazing by any standards. Apart from being
the first to score 10,000 runs in Tests, he had set the record of 774 runs
at an average of 154.8, the highest for any batsman in his debut series.
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were two more remarkable innings, his 71 in the second innings of the
Christchurch Test of 1976, which contained three hours of disciplined
batsmanship which was ended by Howarth's superb catch in the gully. The
second knock of 107 in the December Test of 1978 in Calcutta against the
And finally there was the masterly innings of 96 on a turning track
against Pakistan in the Bangalore Test of 1987, which dispelled any
doubts about his ability to deal with spin on a receptive wicket.
Goodbye to the Game
Gavaskar arrived at the highest level just when India needed someone of
caliber to sustain the batting. He said farewell to the game with a
century in the Biennial Test of August 1987 at that holy of holies,
Lord's, to secure the only distinction that had thus far eluded him.