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Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: A look at the records and honours of the Little Master

Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: A look at the records and honours of the Little Master

Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: A look at the records and honours of the Little Master
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By CNBCTV18.com Jul 11, 2022 6:25:04 AM IST (Updated)

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Sunil 'Sunny' Gavaskar is regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket. Today the legendary opener and former India captain celebrates his 73rd  birthday. He was part of the 1983 World Cup winning team and by the time he retired from cricket in November 1987, he had many titles and records under his belt. On his birthday, here’s a look at the greatest achievements, records and awards won by Sunil Gavaskar.

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In March 1987 Sunil Gavaskar became the first cricketer to 10,000 Test runs a feat that was unimaginable at the time. Gavaskar’s Test career ended with 10122 runs. (Image: Official Sunil Gavaskar Collection Twitter)

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In his debut series against the West Indies, Sunil Gavaskar scored 774 runs. It is the highest runs scored by a batsman in his debut series. He is still the maximum runs scorer (2,749) and has hit the maximum number of centuries (13) against the West Indies. (Image: Official Sunil Gavaskar Collection Twitter)

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Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to go past the 29 centuries mark scored by cricketing legend Don Bradman. He went on to score a total of 34 centuries in his Test career which remained a record for more than two decades. (Image: ICC)

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The Little Master, as Sunil Gavaskar is also known as, holds the unique record of playing the most consecutive Test matches for India. Between 23 January 1975 and 3 February 1987 Gavaskar played 106 straight Tests which is the fourth-highest overall in Test history. (Image: ICC Twitter)

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Sunil Gavaskar is the first batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test three times. (Image: ICC)

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Sunil Gavaskar also had safe pair of hands during his playing days. He is the first Indian fielder to claim 100 Test catches. (Image: Reuters)

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Sunil Gavaskar holds a unique record in Test cricket. Gavaskar is the only batsman to notch score four consecutive centuries at two different venues. Gavaskar has achieved this heroic feat at Port of Spain and at the Wankhede. (Image: ICC)

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Awards and honors bestowed on Sunil Gavaskar | In 1989, Gavaskar was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year. In 1980, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award. In 1994, Gavaskar was sworn in as Bombay Sheriff, an honorary post, for a year. In 1996, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was instituted in his co-honour. In 2003, he became the first and the only Indian cricketer to have delivered an MCC Spirit Of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. In 2009 Gavaskar was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, three years later in 2012, BCCI honoured him with the Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, Gavaskar inaugurated a cricket field in Louisville Kentucky, US. It was the first international sporting facility named after an Indian sportsperson. (Image: ICC)

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