Sunil Gavaskar, Little master or Sunny, was most successful and among the greatest opening test batsmen of all time. Born in 1949 in Bombay, Gavaskar was a household name in early 1970’s till late 80’s.
Gavaskar was the first to set world records for most test runs and test centuries before another Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar came into picture. Most admired for his skills against fast bowling, especially the batting average of 65.45 against West Indies, Gavaskar was not that much of a captain and was sacked just six months prior to the 1983 World Cup win.
Legendary Sunil Gavaskar
Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan awardee, Gavaskar was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India and became the BCCI President to oversee IPL’s seventh edition. These days, he keeps himself busy as a cricket commentator.
Apart from being a cricket legend, Gavaskar had acted in films and given his voice to songs.
He acted in a Marathi movie-Savli Premachi while he was still playing. He has also done a cameo in Naseeruddin Shah’s Maalamaal in 1988
He has given voice to Marathi song- Ya Duniyemadhye Thambayaala Vel Konala
In 1994, he was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai
He has written 4 books- Sunny Days, Runs n’ Ruins, Idols and One Day Wonders
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been instituted in his co-honor.
In 1980, Gavaskar was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year
In 1966 playing for his school, he was awarded India’s Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the year
On 28 March 2014, Gavaskar was appointed as the interim BCCI President for the 7th Season of IPL by Supreme Court of India
A 90's born who has witnessed Sachin becoming "The God", Dhoni becoming "The only Captain to have won all the ICC trophies" and Kohli turning into a "run-machine". Cricket is something I am crazy for and I try to deliver the best and true I can in my every writing.