Sunil Gavaskar was the first man to get 10,000 runs in Tests, and had the most number of Test hundreds (34), before Sachin Tendulkar overtook him. He is one of India’s and Test cricket’s greatest openers, first Indian, barring wicket-keepers to take 100 catches in Test cricket. Apart from being on various prominent cricket committees is an analyst and noted commentator.
Gavaskar is currently part of the Indian commentators at the Cricket World Cup and on his special day, we bring to you 5 things you should know about the little master.
1) Sunil has worked in movies-
Gavaskar first starred in a Marathi movie while he was playing for India. The movie was ‘Savli Premachi’ which was released in 1980. He also had a guest role in the 1988 movie ‘Malaamaal’, a film featuring Naseeruddin Shah in which Gavaskar played himself in a cricket match.
2) He smashed various records in his debut series itself-
Gavaskar made himself known to the world in his debut series after an explosive start to his career. Known for his ability to tackle fast bowling, Gavaskar was solid in defence. He countered the West Indies bowlers exceptionally well and smashed 4 hundreds and 3 fifties, en route to amassing 774 runs across 4 Test matches at an average of 154.80.
3) His alleged brawl with Kapil Dev-
When India played West Indies Madras, Sunil was batting at 236 but then Indian captain Kapil Dev declared the innings. Sunil was not happy as he was denied the chance to make a triple ton. Later when he became the captain of the team, he got Kapil Dev dropped from the squad but faced a backlash from the fans.
4) Gavaskar’s dislike for Aussies
Gavaskar never made his dislike for the Australian team unknown. He was apparently very angry by the way Aussies sledged the other batsman. He spoke about the misbehaviour of various Australian players on many occasions.
5) The incident when he walked off the field
In 1981, Gavaskar was dismissed correctly by Dennis Lillee’s in-cutter, and the umpire raised his finger. Gavaskar stood his ground in protest but was asked to leave the field, and meanwhile, Lillee reportedly made a negative comment which made Gavaskar snap. He stopped the oncoming batsman and asked him to walk off the ground as well. The matter was later resolved and play resumed.
We wish India’s little master a very happy birthday!