Little Master Sunil Gavaskar, one of the world’s greatest all-time openers, turned 71 today (July 10).
10 July: ‘Little Master’ Gavaskar’s birthday todayRuled the cricket world by becoming a ‘run machine’
In 1971, India not only defeated a team like West Indies for the first time in their home, but also captured the series for the first time on Caribbean soil. In this series, a Mumbai player made his debut, who scored so many runs in his first series that this record is still intact. Yes! It is being talked about ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar, one of the all-time great openers in the world. Today (10 July) is his birthday. He turned 71.
Five-foot-five-inch Sunil Gavaskar scored a record 774 runs (4 centuries including a double century and three fifties) in 4 Tests in that series against the West Indies, making the most runs in a five-Test series while making his debut. Has a world record of
In childhood, there was an incident in the hospital with Sunil Gavaskar, which could have changed his entire life and may not even have become a cricketer. There are many stories related to Gavaskar’s cricket career, but there is a story related to his life, about which few people know.
In fact, Sunil Gavaskar has told in his autobiography ‘Sunny Days’ that ‘I would never have been a cricketer, nor would this book have been written … if I hadn’t had a sharp-looking Narayan Masurkar in my life.’
Gavaskar said, “When I was born, he (whom I later called as non-Kaka) came to the hospital to see me and he saw a birthmark on my ear.”
Gavaskar told, ‘The next day he again came to the hospital and the child he picked up in his lap, could not find that mark on the ear of that child. After this, children were checked in the entire hospital. After which I found him sleeping with the fisherman’s wife.
Gavaskar told, ‘The nurse from the hospital accidentally put me to sleep there. Gavaskar says that perhaps he had changed while bathing the children. If the uncle had not paid attention on that day, I might have been a fisherman today.
Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,122 runs (125 Tests) with 34 centuries in his Test career of 16 years (1971–1987). His batting average was 51.12. His record of 34 centuries was broken by Sachin Tendulkar in 2005. Gavaskar scored 3092 runs in 108 ODIs at an average of 35.13. In ODIs, only one century came off his bat, that too in the 107th match.
The day of March 7, 1987 is very special for Sunil Gavaskar and cricket history as the 10,000th run of Test cricket came out of his bat on this day. He was the first cricketer to touch the 10,000-run mark in Tests. He achieved this feat in his 124th Test match against Pakistan.
Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to score a century in both innings of a Test match thrice. He scored 124 runs in the first innings of the Port of Spain Test against the West Indies deadly bowlers during his 1971 debut series and scored a double century (220) in the second innings. It was a rare feat to score a century in the first innings and a double century in the second innings.