Sunil Gavaskar was an Indian Cricket player for Mumbai, India. He is one of the greatest opening batsmen in Test Cricket history in India.
Cricket in School Days
Sunil Gavaskar was born on 10 July, 1949 at Mumbai, he love playing cricket from his childhood. He has had a strong background in cricket since his childhood. He is the nephew of Madhav Mantri who is the former Indian test cricketer. With the cricket influences within the family, his interest in cricket began from his school days. In 1966, he was announced ‘The Best Cricket Schoolboy of The Year’ in India. He had scored 250, 222 and 85 runs in School Cricket. He made his first public appearance in Ranji Trophy in 1968 and 69, a match with Karnataka even though he scored a drop down in the match and was for a zero score. But in the next match played against Rajasthan there he scored 114 runs and hit 3 consecutive centuries in the tournament.
Sunil Gavaskar is known for having set many batting records that lied unbroken for long years after some other batsman. He was the biggest Test scorer with the biggest number of centuries to his credit during his times. His scoring record 34 Test centuries took 20 years to be broken when Sachin Tendulkar beat it in the year 2005. He was especially very good against the fast bowlers and also maintaining a decent average of 65.45 runs against the super fast West Indian bowlers. Sunil Gavaskar also served as the Captain of The Indian Cricket Team, even though the Team could not get along under his leadership. In fact, during his Captaincy, the Indian Cricket Team played 31 Test matches without a single defeat.
In 1971, Sunil Gavaskar made an amazing test debut by scoring 774 runs in his first test series against the West Indies helping India to win for the first time in the Caribbean. From then till he retired (1987). He was the chief support of the Indian batting line up. In 1983, he broke one of the famous records in the game: ‘Donald Bradman’s 29 Test centuries’. In 2004, he still holds the record for the most number of test centuries also the only player to score centuries in each innings three times. He was the first batsman to reach 10000 test runs, who held the record for most number of runs.
Sunil Gavaskar was the Captain of the Indian Team on various occasions from late 1970s and early 1980s. Often set up with weak bowling attacks, he tends to use traditionalist tactics which resulted in a large number of draws. Still Sunil Gavaskar had various successes as a Captain especially in 1979, a 2-0 victory over Pakistan and in 1985, victory in the World Championship of Cricket which was held in Australia. And in a negative aspect of a situation, there was a heavy defeat against Pakistan which affects him the captaincy for a while in 1982. Overall Sunil Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and scored 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12. He scored 34 centuries and 45 half centuries, the highest score of 236 not out.
Sunil Gavaskar hard and defensive style of playing was less suited to the shorter from the game at which he had less success. He remarkably scored an offensive ignominious 36 not out carrying his bat through the full 60 overs in his ODI debut in the year 1974 against England. Overall Sunil Gavasakar played 108 ODI matches, scoring 3092 runs at an average of 35.13 with one century and 27 half centuries, a high score of 103 not out.
The achievements of Sunil Gavaskar in the world of cricket form an impressive the list of records and also in the world of International cricket. His dazzling rise to cricket stardom is an often told success story. He is the most renowned for the number of records that he breaks and creates in the world of test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar was the first to make the maximum number of runs and centuries. He was the first Indian to cross the 10000 runs mark. He still holds the record for the highest number of test centuries (34). There are several numbers of records that he has to his name all of which have been achieved on the basis of his inbred talent and natural skills. If he has earned a considerable amount by getting together 10000 runs and 34 centuries, that means he had earned more through television, modeling, journalism and other various activities. He was the recipient of ‘Padma Bhusan Award’
- Sunil Gavaskar was an Indian Cricket player for Mumbai, India
- He was the recipient of ‘Padma Bhusan Award’
- In the year 1985, won the World Championship of Cricket which was held in Australia.