One of the best opening batters of all time and undoubtedly the most productive was Sunil Gavaskar. His playing was based on an almost flawless technique and extraordinary attention. It is difficult to imagine a more perfect defence: nearly impenetrable, it made his wicket one of the hardest to get. He was perfectly balanced, had good length and line judgement, and played equally well off the front and back feet. He was practically unstoppable, yet he surrendered flair for the strength that his side needed more. Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Gavaskar’s record for the most Test hundreds, yet numbers alone don’t fully capture the significance of Gavaskar to India. You can check top cricket news of that time to know about the illustrious career of Sunil Gavaskar.
He improved the reputation of Indian cricket and instilled professionalism in his teammates. He was the catalyst for Indian cricket’s team when it was losing.
Father- Manohar Gavaskar
Mother- Meenal Gavaskar
Two Sisters- Nutan Gavaskar and Kavita Viswanath
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Manohar Gavaskar was born on July 10, 1949, in Mumbai, then known as Bombay. In the 1970s and 1980s, the right-handed batter held down the top-order position for India against shaky fast bowlers.
Cricket Career :-
Gavaskar was chosen as “India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year” in 1966 at the age of 17. For Vazir Sultan Colt’s XI vs Dungarpur XI in the yearly Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup competition, session 1966–1967, the youthful player earned his first-class debut.
He quickly advanced through the Bombay Ranji squad, but due to a bad performance against Rest of India in the 1967 Irani Cup, he was forced to make his debut of Ranji Trophy against Mysore in 1969–1970.He made up for his duck in his debut game with three straight tonnes.
In the second test in March 1971 at Port of Spain, Gavaskar scored 65 and an undefeated 67 on his international test debut, guiding India to its first-ever test victory over the West Indies. In his ODI debut against the quality England team at Headingley in July 1974, Gavaskar scored 28.
In the years 1976 to 1980, Gavaskar displayed his talent to the utmost, averaging 62.28 while playing series in the England, West Indies, Pakistan and Australia. While touring England in the year 1979, he played a brilliant 221 at Oval. The little master’s highest test score was an unbroken 236 against West Indies at cricket ground of Chennai.
Gavaskar’s average fell below 28 during the following four years after a dazzling debut. Gavaskar’s 1984 England tour went horribly, and he struggled against New Zealand in an ODI. Those were his darkest moments.
Since taking over as test captain in January 1976, Gavaskar’s most prized moment as captain was handing Australia a defeat in Melbourne in 1981. For 47 tests, he led India as its captain.
In December 1980, the ODI captaincy was given to him. Throughout his erratic 38-match captaincy run, winning the World Cricket Championship in Australia in 1985, continued to remain a great accomplishment.
Achievements and accomplishments :-
- He is the first cricketer to score more than 10,000 runs in Test matches. He truly became an inspiration to all cricket followers.
- Prior to Sachin could score highest number of centuries in test matches, he held that record until the year 2005. During that time he has cemented himself as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game.
- His highest runs in history i.e. 774 against West Indies remains intact as a debutant.
- Became the only batsman who acquired 4 consecutive centuries twice.
• He recorded 100 catches in the Test series, by being the first Indian cricketer to do so.
- The only player who start both the batting and bowling in the same game, scoring a hundred along with a duck respectively.
- The only player who had open batting along with bowling in the same match.
- He has the record for the maximum number of runs (2,749) & centuries (13) scored against West Indies as a player.
- He is the only cricketer who has Test century partnerships with a total of 18 different players.
- He was also one of the players of 1983 World Cup winning team.
- Between 1978 and 1985, he served as the national team’s captain intermittently. He is a player that is known for his batting skills, and he is also a player that is known for his captaincy skills. During that period, the team defeated Pakistan impressively in 1979–80.
- The first Indian batsman to carry his own bat in test cricket match.
- He was chosen as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in the year 1980.
- In an ODI match he took 2nd largest catches in number in an innings.
Post Retirement career:-
After November 1987, he announced his unfortunate retirement. After retirement, he has been quite popular, Before donning the hat of a television analyst and a columnist, he officiated one test and five ODIs. Gavaskar performed a number of duties for the BCCI and was proposed as the candidate to lead the ICC cricket committee. Gavaskar joined Triton Solar as its Brand Ambassador. He also had a career as a journalist, analyst, and pundit on television. He left the latter after making a number of divisive statements so that he could concentrate on his profession as a media columnist and pundit.
He participated in The Grand Knockout Tournament. It was a charity television event hosted by Prince Edward of the United Kingdom. He gave the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture for the first time in 2003. In 2004’s home series against Australia, he also provided advice to the Indian cricket squad. Gavaskar delivered the inaugural Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture on February 20, 2013, at the Taj Coromandel in Chennai.
Gavaskar was appointed the interim president of BCCI by the Supreme Court of India on March 28, 2014, largely to supervise the 7th season of IPL. The Court also ordered him to resign from his position as a pundit at the same time. He is a player that is loved by his fans, and he is also a player that is respected by his opponents.
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