Sunil Gavaskar, who was born on July 10, 1949 in Bombay (now Mumbai), was the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs. He played 125 Tests in his illustrious career. He also featured in 108 ODIs and was part of India’s World Cup winning team in 1983
Bengaluru: Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar turned 70 today (July 10). Fans and former cricketers took to social media to wish Gavaskar on Wednesday.
Gavaskar, who was born on July 10, 1949 in Bombay (Mumbai), was the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs. He played 125 Tests (10,122 runs, 34 centuries) in his illustrious career. He also featured in 108 ODIs (3,092 runs, one hundred) and was part of India’s World Cup winning team in 1983.
After retirement from the game, Gavaskar has been involved with cricket in various capacities. He has been a TV commentator, columnist and administrator. He also served as chairman of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee.
He was also president, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Indian Premier League (IPL) for the cash-rich T20 tournament when it was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014.
In the 1970s and 80s, Gavaskar was a great opening batsman, facing the most fearsome fast bowlers from the West Indies, that too without proper helmets. He made his Test debut in 1971 on the tour to the West Indies. He scored a record 774 runs in the four-match series.
On March 7, 1987, Gavaskar became the first batsman in history to score 10,000 Test runs. He achieved the landmark in a match against Pakistan at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
I remember reading how #SunilGavaskar was swapped with another baby child. His uncle had noticed a small mole near Gavaskar’s left ear lobe and found it missing in the child the next day.— Jasleen (@Jasleenkour__) July 10, 2019
Sunil who was found sleeping beside a fisherwoman, was returned. pic.twitter.com/9iSS9IzPbb
Many many happy returns of the day Legend #SunilGavaskar sir. one of the greatest legend of all time India has ever produced. Your contribution for the Indian cricket is remarkable that remember. pic.twitter.com/1UZjXJ2ejX— Natin Singh (@officialnatin7) July 10, 2019
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