The legendary Indian cricketer and one of the greatest batsman world have seen turns 69 on Tuesday. Gavaskar is considered as one of the best batsmen to have ever graced the game of cricket. During his time, when the pitches were not that batting friendly – he has played one of fastest bowlers cricketing world has seen.
The Little Master technique against fast bowling was one of the best the world has ever seen. He averages 65.45 against the West Indies, who possessed a four-pronged fast bowling attack regarded as the most vicious in Test history.
Gavaskar represented Indian cricket for 16 years before calling it quits in November 1987. Here’s a look at some of Sunil Gavaskar’s records:
34 Centuries: Sunil Gavaskar held the record of most centuries for a long period of time. He scored 34 centuries 125 Test matches he played. The record was finally broken by Sachin Tendulkar in 2005.
The first player to score 10,000 runs: Gavaskar was the first ever player to reach the milestone. He finished with 10,122 runs in Test cricket.
Carrying the bat throughout the innings: He scored 127 not out in the innings against Pakistan in Faisalabad Test. He was first Indian to carry his bat throughout the innings.
Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. In 2012, he was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India.
Overtook Don Bradman’s Test record: He then went on to score 121, his 29th Test century in 94 balls in his 95th test match, equalling Don Bradman’s world record. He also passed 8000 Test runs in the innings and was personally honoured by Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at the ground.