For a country that always takes a chance to boast its eminent sports persons, Indians will never be able to forget about some of them and their super stardom in Indian cricket. This is most certainly the case of Sunil Gavaskar, whose sports career has changed the history of Indian Cricket. As the Indian cricket fans are no doubt aware, Sunil Gavaskar, one of the greatest opening batsmen in the history of Indian cricket, was born on 10th July 1949 and this July 10th he will be celebrating his 66th Birthday.
Sunil Gavaskar started his cricket achievements in the age of fifteen. On 1966, he was named India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the year. Due to his knacks in cricketing, he started playing professionally and played his last domestic match in 1969. He scored 114 against Karnataka that opened his gates to Indian International Cricket. He played his first inning in the year of 1970, Indian team Tour to the West Indies.
His batting and on-ground skills made him the Captain of Indian Cricket Team during late 1970s. During his Test career, he played more than 100 matches as an attacking batsman and tickled his career score board to more than 10,000 scores through 34 centuries and 45 half-centuries. His technical correctness and hold on unique shots like “late flick” helped him break Donald Bradman’s record and become the top century scorer during his career Cricket-period.
Not only as an attacking batsman, but Gavaskar was also a fine slip fielder and have more than 100 catches added into his score card. He continued his career with the same pace and got retired after playing the series against Pakistan in 1987. Today, he is widely recognized as a successful Indian Captain and an attacking batsman. He had held the record of maximum centuries (34) before Sachin Tendulkar broke his record in 2005.
Outside-Cricket Field Achievements
Sunil Gavaskar has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards of India, Padma Bhushan. He has written four books with different ideologies on the Indian and International cricket. In 1994, he was appointed as Sheriff of Mumbai and served the city for a complete year. After then, he started again with Cricket but this time as a commentator. He is still seen on the commentary box at certain important matches.