India legend Sunil Gavaskar walked down memory lane, reminiscing about his debut Test as he completed 50 years of his association with Indian cricket. Gavaskar, who made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1971 on March 6, said that he couldn’t believe how 50 years have gone past as it almost felt like yesterday.
Gavaskar also acknowledged that he like every school kid dreamt of playing for India. His 774 runs in his debut series have stood the test of time and Gavaskar revealed that Day 1 of his Test debut was just an amazing feeling.
« I can’t still believe 50 years have gone past. It almost feels like yesterday. Every school kid’s dream is to play for India. That was my dream as well, » Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
« I was given the India cap along with the blazer as well as the sweaters before the start of the tour. I had kept that cap in my kit bag, I was determined not to use it till I actually played for India. To put it on Day 1 was just an amazing, amazing feeling, » Gavaskar added.
The ‘Little Master’ went on to break and create many records in his international career that spanned 16 years and is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in Test cricket. The Mumbai stalwart went onto represent India in 125 Tests, scoring 10122 runs at an average of 51.12. He has scored 34 Test centuries and 45 fifties. Gavaskar amassed 3092 runs from 108 One-Day Internationals, averaging 35.13.
Gavaskar was India’s batting mainstay during the 1970s and the 1980s. As they famously put, « as long as Gavaskar was there, there was hope ». Gavaskar was known for his immaculate defense. His ability to concentrate over long periods was peerless.
Sunil Gavaskar has continued to serve the game post his retirement in various roles apart from commentating. The ‘Little Master’ became the first Indian to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2003. Gavaskar was then appointed as the advisor to the India national cricket team during the home series against Australia in 2004.
Gavaskar was the Chairman of the ICC cricket committee until the time he was forced to choose between commenting and being on the committee. He left the committee to continue his career as a broadcaster.
Sunil Gavaskar has also served as the interim President of the BCCI, primarily to oversee the seventh Season of the Indian Premier League in 2014.
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