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Sunil Manohar Gavaskar born 10 July 1949), often known as Sunny Gavaskar, is a former Indian international cricketer who played from the early 1970s to the late 1980s for Indian National Team, wide thought to be one in all the best take a look at batsmen in take a look at cricket history, he set world records throughout his career for the foremost take a look at runs and most take a look at centuries scored by any hitter. He command the record of thirty four take a look at centuries before it absolutely was broken by Sachin Tendulkar later He was the primary person to get centuries in each the innings of a match for many times throughout his era. He was the 1st person to complete 10,000 runs in an exceedingly career and currently stands at range twelve on the cluster of thirteen players with 10,000 plus take a look at runs.

Professional Life

On his debut Gavaskar was injured and couldn’t bat this was the hard time for a debutant, but Gavaskar took this as a challenge and came back strongly in his 2nd match only against the best bowling attack during 70’s and 80’s WEST INDIAN bowlers and won the match for India and this was the 1st time that India won in West Indian soil. Later on it was golden era for Indian cricket team as Gavaskar was the most efficient batsmen against fast bowlers during 70’s and 80’s. Gavaskar had an elegant, simple and relaxed batting stance. Gavaskar had many great strokes in his armory, but the best was his straight drives. Gavaskar went on to break many records here after, later during late 70’s and early 80’s he was named as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Later on he went on to break Don Bradman’s record of 29 test match centuries, during 1984-85 Gavaskar was removed from his leadership and Kapil was named as the captain of Indian cricket team. During 1986 Gavaskar retired from international cricket. Gavaskar was the 1st Indian to play 100 consecutive test centuries.

Records and Achievements

  • Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.

  • He held the record for the highest number of test centuries (34), He broke Donald Bradman's record 29 Test centuries going on to get 34.

  • He has the highest runs (774) maker by a debutant in a series.

  • He has scored the most runs by any player in a series (774) against West Indies

  • He has the maximum no. of runs & centuries scored by a player against West Indies—2,749 runs & 13 centuries.

  • He is the only cricketer to score 4 consecutive centuries at 2 venues—Port of Spain & Wankhede stadium.

  • He is the only cricketer with 58-century partnership with 18 different players .

  • He was the 1st to score centuries in both the test match innings on three separate occasions.

  • He also became the first Indian fielder (excluding wicket-keepers) to get over a hundred catches in Test cricket.

  • He captained the national team on and off over a period between 1978 and 1985, which included a great 2–0 win over Pakistan in 1979/80.

  • He is the first Indian cricketer to carry his bat in test cricket.

  • He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1980.

  • He has scored 127 not out in the Faisalabad Test in the year 1983 and became the 1st Indian to carry the bat in a test match.


  • In 1980, Gavaskar received the Padma Bhushan award for his successful International career representing Team India.

  • On 22 December 1994, Gavaskar was sworn in as Bombay Sheriff—an honorary post, for a year, at Raj Bhavan in

  • In 1996, The Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been instituted in his co-honor. It was decided that any bilateral Test series between India and Australia will be called as Border-Gavaskar Trophy, named after iconic players Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar. Both these players scored more than 10,000 runs in their respective Test careers and captained their teams.[21]

  • "Gavaskar Stadium" in his home district of Vengurla has been named after him.

  • In 2003, he became the first and till now the only Indian to have delivered a MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. He was the 3rd lecturer in the history of the Cowdrey Lecture.

  • On 21 November 2012, Gavaskar was conferred with BCCI's prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award at the BCCI Annual Awards Function 2011-12. The Lifetime Achievement Award given to Gavaskar carried a citation, trophy and a cheque for ₹2.5 million (equivalent to ₹3.8 million or US$53,000 in 2019) and he received this award from then BCCI president N.Srinivasan.

  • On 15 October 2017, Gavaskar inaugurated a cricket field in Louisville in the state of Kentucky in United States, thus making it the first international sporting facility named after an Indian sportsperson. The "Sunil M. Gavaskar Cricket Field", serves as the home ground for the Louisville Cricket Club, which is part of the 42-team MidWest Cricket League. Gavaskar was presented the keys of the ground by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Before Tendulkar, there was Gavaskar. I profess to be a giant admirer of the pair. i believe it’s unfair to compare the 2 – i think that it's not an honest plan to match sporting geniuses across generations. Gavaskar belonged to the time wherever TV and mass media were simply beginning to start. An era wherever Test Cricket dominated and wherever One-Day-International Cricket was still a comparatively new development.

Gavaskar was the ‘Original Little Master’. This week, he celebrates ’71 Not Out’ in his personal innings. Sunil Gavaskar played through the era that saw India win its first series in West Indies, in England and the World Cup. He was a witness and the key contributor to the evolution of Indian cricket to its present day world class sporting phenomenon.

Let’s wish SUNNY paji a “HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY” from the bottom of our heart.

Cricket is also back this week guys… It’s festive week for us, celebrating paji’s birthday and watching cricket back after 100 plus days.

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