Sunil Gavaskar the first superstar batsman born on 10th July 1949, in Mumbai, India who broke and created new records at will, before the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar. The technically sound right-handed batsman was the first to be nicknamed the “little master”.
He achieved centuries on difficult pitches in Australia, England and Pakistan. His contributions to the game are immense and he has been acknowledged as one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game.
Let's look back at Gavaskar glorious list of records :
Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to score over 10,000 runs; a feat that was unimaginable at that time.
He skillfully captained the Indian team in 47 international test matches and dominated the game during a career that spanned 16 years and 125 total Test contests.
He holds the record for the highest amount of runs (774) scored in a series by a debutant. Till date, it is also the most runs made by any player in a series against the West Indies.
He has the maximum number of runs (2,749) and centuries (13) scored by a batsman against the West Indies.
Gavaskar only cricketer who scored four consecutive centuries at two venues – Port of Spain and Wankhede Stadium till now.
Only cricketer with 58 century partnerships with 18 different players.
He became the first Indian fielder (excluding wicketkeepers) to bag over a hundred catches in Test cricket.