Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was unstoppable when it came to scoring runs with his inimitable style at the top of the order. The World Cup-winner, who turned 70 on Wednesday, is now among the finest analysts of the game.
Batting great and World Cup-winning former opener Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on Wednesday. The Little Master, as he was fondly called by his fans, is regarded as one of the finest batsmen the sport has ever had.
Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India against the West Indies in 1971. The Mumbai cricketer showed he belongs to the highest level of the sport as early as his maiden series as he smashed 771 runs in the Test series in West Indies.
Gavaskar was India’s batting mainstay during the 1970s and the 1980s. As they famously put, “as long as Gavaskar was there, there was hope”. Gavaskar was known for his immaculate defence. His ability to concentrate over long periods was peerless.
Gavaskar’s swag was unmatched as well. Imagine facing the big West Indies fast bowlers of the 1970s without helmets? Well, Gavaskar battled fire with fire as he was among the most successful players agianst top-quality pace bowling during his heyday.
More importantly, Gavaskar was a true professional. The way he prepared for cricket matches, let alone international outings rubbed off on his teammates. India’s World Cup-winning former captain, Kapil Dev often sings praises of Gavaskar’s professional approach that changed the outlook of Indian cricket.
The batting great from Mumbai was the first batsman in world cricket to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar is the only batsman to have scored double hundreds in all four innings of Test matches.
Gavaskar represented India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs before calling it quits in 1987. Gavaskar amassed 10,122 runs in Tests and 3092 runs in ODIs and hit 35 international hundreds.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2019
World Cup winner 🏆
Cricketing legend 🇮🇳
Ambassador of the sport 👏
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 10, 2019
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 10, 2019
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 10, 2019
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 10, 2019
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 10, 2019
Happy birthday #SunilGavaskar Sir, have a great year ahead. 🤗
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 10, 2019
No helmets. Uncovered pitches. Iconic bowlers. Bags of runs!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 10, 2019
What if Gavsakar had played T20 cricket? Here’s what legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne told India Today earlier this year.
“Sunny [Gavaskar] would have adapted. He is a great player. If he were playing now, he would smash it all over the park. Great players adapt to whatever the scenario was.”