Batting incredible and World Cup-winning previous opener Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 on Wednesday. The Little Master, as he was affectionately called by his fans, is viewed as one of the best batsmen the game has ever had.
Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India against the West Indies in 1971. The Mumbai cricketer indicated he has a place with the most abnormal amount of the game as ahead of schedule as his maiden series as he crushed 771 runs in the Test series in West Indies.
Gavaskar was India’s batting backbone during the 1970s and the 1980s. As they broadly put, “as long as Gavaskar was there, there was hope”. Gavaskar was known for his perfect barrier. His capacity to think over significant lots was consummated.
Gavaskar’s swag was unmatched as well. Envision confronting the enormous West Indies quick bowlers of the 1970s without helmets? Indeed, Gavaskar struggled fire with flame as he was among the best players against top-quality pace bowling during his prime.
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 incredible from Mumbai was the first batsman in world cricket to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar is the first batsman to have scored double hundreds in all four innings of Test matches.
Gavaskar spoke to India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs before throwing in the towel in 1987. Gavaskar amassed 10,122 runs in Tests and 3092 runs in ODIs and hit 35 international hundreds.