The Little Master - Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Manohar Gavaskar was born in Mumbai on 10 July 1949. Popularly known as “Little master” or sunny amongst players. Sunil Gavaskar is a right-handed batter and a right-arm medium bowler, usually being the opening batter. Sunil Gavaskar is the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive test matches. He was recognized as one of the best batters and the greatest opener in Test cricket. 

Do you know Sunil Gavaskar had to leave his first Test match due to a tooth infection?

Sunil Manohar Gavaskar started his cricket journey with a Test match against the West Indies in Port of Spain. He played the last Test Match against Pakistan iN Banglore in the year 1987.

1978-79 was the first series between India and Pakistan which was held in Karachi. During the India VS Pakistan match Imran Khan quoted to Gavaskar as, “The most compact batsman I’ve bowled to”.

Gavaskar has received several awards including the great Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan. He has also been awarded  Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to cricket. He also has a stadium named after him, “The Gavaskar Stadium” located in his hometown Vengurla. In 2003, Gavaskar delivered the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. He is the only Indian to deliver the lecture till date.

He is also the first and only Indian in whose name an International sporting facility is named in the United States as The “Sunil M. Gavaskar Cricket Field”.

Gavaskar has also debuted in the Marathi film industry with the film “Savli Premachi” during the year 1988. He also sang a Marathi song named, “Ya Duniyemadhye Thambayaala Vel Konala”. 

Sunil Manohar Gavaska is one of the greatest batter India has seen.

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