Little Master… Isn’t everyone familiar with this nickname? Yes, this is the name of the player who had the honor of becoming the first batsman in the world to reach the milestone of 10000 runs in Tests. That player is none other than the Indian team’s legendary former opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar is celebrating his 74th birthday on Monday (July 10). He was born on 10 July 1949 in Mumbai. On this occasion, let us know about the interesting things in his life…
Gavaskar has played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs while playing for the Indian team. He has scored 10122 runs in Tests at an average of 51.12. He has scored 34 centuries in that. At the same time, he has scored 3092 runs at an average of 35.13 in ODIs. It includes 1 century.
Gavaskar is celebrating his 74th birthday, so in this article we are going to look at 10 things from his life.
10 Interesting Facts About Sunil Gavaskar
– Gavaskar made his Test debut against the West Indies in Port of Spain in March 1971.
– He scored just 36 runs off 174 balls during a 60-over match against England in the 1975 World Cup.
– In the 1987 World Cup, Gavaskar scored an unbeaten 103 off 88 balls in an ODI match against New Zealand.
– Sunil Gavaskar played the lead role in the Marathi film ‘Savali Premachi’ (1974).
– Gavaskar batted left-handed to protest against poor pitching in a Ranji Trophy match while playing for Mumbai against Karnataka.
– Gavaskar was dismissed for a wicket in his Ranji Trophy debut. He then scored a century in the final of the Ranji Trophy. However, he was dropped from the next match.
– Gavaskar is the first batsman in the world to score 10000 runs in Tests. He did this feat in 1987 in his 124th Test match against Pakistan.
– During Gavaskar’s birth, he went to a fisherman’s wife due to the mistake of the nurse while giving him a bath in the hospital. But one of his relatives noticed a hole above his ear at birth, so he came back to his family. Gavaskar wrote in his autobiography ‘Sunny Days’, “Had my relative Narayan Masurkar, a keen visionary, not been around me at the time of my birth, I would never have become a cricketer and this book would certainly not have been written.”
He further wrote, “It seems that Nan-Kaka (as I used to call him), who came to see me in the hospital on my first day in this world. They saw a small hole above my left ear.”
– Gavaskar was never sledging (use of profanity) and opposition teams were also wary of sledging against him. Because they used to perform better.
– Sunil Gavaskar never looked at the scoreboard. Due to this, he did not celebrate his happiness despite many good innings. Because they didn’t know it. It is said that Gavaskar was not even aware of equaling Don Bradman’s record of 29 centuries. (sunil gavaskar one of the greatest openers of all time was born in bombay on this day)
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