Sunil Gavaskar ”Sunny” is one of the most talented batsman India has ever produced. His presences was precious for Indian team as his records and achievements make them successful many times. Right from the beginning he attract everyone with the way he play. Here in this article we will discuss more about his life history records and achievements.
Sunil Gavaskar Life History.
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar was born on 10th july 1949 in Bombay and growing up in the city, young Sunil was named India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the year in 1966,at the age of 17. He scored 246*, 222 and 85 in school cricket in his final year of secondary education, before striking a century against the touring London schoolboys. He made his first-class debut for Vazir Sultan Colts XI against an XI from Dungarpur, in 1966/67.
Sunil Gavaskar was one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, and certainly the most successful. His game was built around a near-perfect technique and enormous powers of concentration. It is hard to visualise a more beautiful defence: virtually unbreachable, it made his wicket among the hardest to earn. He played with equal felicity off both front and back feet, had excellent judgement of length and line, and was beautifully balanced. He had virtually every stroke in the book but traded flair for the solidity his side needed more. His record for the highest number of Test hundreds was overtaken by Sachin Tendulkar, but statistics alone don’t reveal Gavaskar’s true value to India. He earned respect for Indian cricket and he taught his team-mates the virtue of professionalism.
Just in his debut series, Gavaskar smashed a series of records. 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. After scoring a hundred and a double -hundred in the first and second innings of the final Test match in Port of Spain, Gavaskar became only the second batsmen in Test history to achieve the feat, after Doug Walters. Although his form dipped soon after, Gavaskar regained his touch in 1975 and was literally unstoppable since then. also read about the life history and records of VVs Laxman
Gavaskar registered his highest Test score against the mighty West Indies at Chennai in 1983. Against a bowling line-up which had Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Winston Davis, Gavaskar hit 23 fours in his knock before being dismissed for 236. One of his finest knocks in Test cricket came against England at the Oval in 1979. India were set a mammoth target of 438 in roughly 500 minutes. The visitors began Day 5 at 76/0, needing 362 runs on the final day. Their scoring rate wasn’t all that great in the first few hours, but Gavaskar upped the ante and brought India within striking distance, before being dismissed for 221. England somehow forced India to hit the panic button as the sides settled for a draw and fell fell nine runs short of a victory in what was one of the tightest finishes in Test match history. you may like reading the life history records and acheviements of Rahual Dravid
- Test debut: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, 6–10 March 1971
- Last Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, 13–17 March 1987
- ODI debut: England v India at Leeds, 13 July 1974
- Last ODI: India v England at Bombay, 5 November 1987
- First-class span: 1966–1987
- First Class Debut: Vazir Sultan Colt’s XI v Dungarpur XI at Hyderabad, 1966/67
- Last First Class Match: Rest of the World v M.C.C. at Lord’s, 1987
- Gavaskar’s 100s in first class cricket. Tests: 34, Ranji Trophy: 20, Irani Cup: 3, Duleep Trophy: 6, Rest of the World against England (his last first class game): 1, county cricket for Somerset: 2, other games: 15. Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s record of first class 100s on 8 February 2013 
- Gavaskar was the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive test matches.
Gavaskar was also a fine slip fielder and his safe catching in the slips helped him become the first Indian (excluding wicket-keepers) to take over a hundred catches in Test matches. In one ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah in 1985, he took four catches and helped India defend a small total of 125. Early in his Test career, when India rarely used pace bowlers, Gavaskar also opened the bowling for a short spell on occasions if only one pace bowler was playing, before a three-pronged spin attack took over. The only wicket claimed by him is that of Pakistani Zaheer Abbas in 1978–79.
Records and Achievements of Sunil Gavaskar:
- He has scored 127 not out in the Faisalabad Test in the year 1983 and became the Ist Indian to carry the bat in a test match.
- He has the Highest runs (774) maker by a debutant
- Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.
- He has scored the most runs by any player in a series (774) against West Indies.
- He has the maximum no. of runs & centuries scored by a player against West Indies – 2749 runs & 13 centuries.
- He is the only cricketer with 58 century partnership with 18 different players.
- He is a joint holder of the record for scoring centuries in both the test match innings on three separate occasions along with Australia’s Ricky Ponting and David Warner.
- He also became the first Indian fielder (excluding wicket-keepers) to get over a hundred catches in Test cricket.
- He held the record for the highest number of test centuries (34) before Sachin Tendulkar went past him in 2005. He broke Donald Bradman’s record 29 Test centuries going on to get 34.
- He is the only cricketer to score 4 consecutive centuries at 2 venues – Port of Spain & Wankhede stadium.
- He captained the national team on and off over a period between 1978 and 1985, which included a great 2 – 0 win over Pakistan in 1979/80.
- He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1980.