Happy Birthday Sunil Gavaskar: Take A Look At His Iconic Cricket Career

In the history of cricket, Sunil Gavaskar was the first-ever batsman to surpass the 10,000 run-mark in the longest format of world Test cricket.

Jessica David

July 10, 2020

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Former Indian captain and Test cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 71st birthday on Friday (July 10, 2020). The former right-handed batsman had a historic career in which he went on to score 10,000 Test runs for the country. Gavaskar made a record as the first cricketer ever to surpass the 10,000 run-mark in the longest format of world Test cricket. In his historic career, Gavaskar played 125 Tests in which he scored 10,122 runs with 34 centuries to his name. He also played 108 ODIs (One Day International), in which he scored 3,093 runs.

The former Indian opener was also an integral part of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team. Sunil Gavaskar also had 25,834 runs in a first-class career. Against the West Indies, he scored 13 Test centuries. The Caribbean side was one of the toughest oppositions at the time and had won the 1975 and 1979 World Cup. Gavaskar’s 13 centuries against West Indies is the maximum by any Indian against one single opposition player in the team.

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