44 Facts About Sunil Gavaskar

1. Sunil Gavaskar has celebrated the total number of 69 birthdays till date.

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2. In 2007, Sunil Gavaskar signed to play for the Kolkata Tigers in the Indian Cricket League which was declared as unauthorized by the BCCI.

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3. Sunil Gavaskar batted for barely a couple of minutes, scoring just 2 runs.

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4. Sunil Gavaskar always remained available for all Indian cricketers for cricketing or personal matters.

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5. Sunil Gavaskar came out only after Botham and the mutt were persuaded to go away.

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6. Sunil Gavaskar was among the best batsmen in the world during his era.

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7. Sunil Gavaskar was captain of the Indian team in the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

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8. Sunil Gavaskar proved that he was worthy in the 1970s with continued world records.

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9. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian to achieve that feat.

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10. Sunil Gavaskar was born on July 10, 1949, in Mumbai, India.

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11. Sunil Gavaskar will receive the trophy, a citation and a cheque for Rs 2.5 million at the BCCI awards function.

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12. Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive test matches.

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13. Sunil Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.

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14. Sunil Gavaskar is married to Marshneill Gavaskar, daughter of a leather industrialist from Kanpur.

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15. Sunil Gavaskar was appointed the Sheriff of Mumbai in 1994 for a year.

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16. Sunil Gavaskar has sung a Marathi song 'Ya Duniyemadhye Thambayaala Vel Konala', depicting the similarities between a cricket match and real life.

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17. Sunil Gavaskar had a habit of not looking at the scoreboard while batting.

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18. Sunil Gavaskar came out only after Botham was persuaded to go away.

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19. With the bat in his hand, Sunil Gavaskar was the definition of 'fearless.

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20. Sunil Gavaskar made his Test debut against West Indies at Port of Spain during the 1971 tour.

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21. Sunil Gavaskar wanted to be a wrestler and was a big fan of the legendary Maruthi Vadar before opting for cricket.

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22. Sunil Gavaskar is not the only international cricketer from his family.

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23. Sunil Gavaskar recalled how tournaments like Purshottam Shield, Talim Shield and Police Shield, apart from the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League, were crucial in breaking into the Mumbai team.

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24. Sunil Gavaskar said that club cricket is crucial for the development of the game.

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25. Sunil Gavaskar scored 4 double centuries during his entire Test career.

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26. Sunil Gavaskar feels club cricket is 'life-blood' of Test teams.

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27. Sunil Gavaskar wrote four books on cricket, including his own autobiography.

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28. Sunil Gavaskar tried his hand at acting on the silver screen.

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29. Sunil Gavaskar was a fine slip fielder and his safe catching in the slips helped him become the first Indian to take over a hundred catches in Test matches.

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30. Sunil Gavaskar scored 91 in the drawn First Test in Madras before withdrawing from the Second Test in Calcutta as he had promised.

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31. In the Second Test in Delhi, Sunil Gavaskar delivered his riposte to Marshall, hooking him for a consecutive four and six to start his innings.

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32. Sunil Gavaskar had his bat knocked out of his hand by a hostile delivery from Malcolm Marshall before being dismissed.

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33. Sunil Gavaskar went on to the West Indies for a five Test tour purely as a batsman, but could not reproduce the form that he had shown in the Caribbean in 1971 and 1976.

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34. In the Third Test in Faisalabad, Sunil Gavaskar managed an unbeaten 127 in the second innings to force Pakistan into a run chase, but the other two losses were substantial, both by an innings.

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35. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, when Sunil Gavaskar was given out by the Australian umpire Rex Whitehead, he ordered his fellow opener Chetan Chauhan off the field.

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36. Sunil Gavaskar saved his best for the Third Test in Karachi, scoring 111 and 137 in the Third, but was unable to prevent a defeat and series loss.

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37. For the first time, Sunil Gavaskar faced Pakistani pace spearhead Imran Khan, who described him as "The most compact batsman I've bowled to.

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38. Sunil Gavaskar was not to score a century on home soil until November 1976.

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39. Sunil Gavaskar led India in a Test for the first time in January 1976 against New Zealand during the First Test in Auckland when regular captain Bishen Bedi was suffering from a leg injury.

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40. Sunil Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.

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41. Sunil Gavaskar was widely admired for his technique against fast bowling, with a particularly high average of 65.45 against the West Indies, who possessed a four-pronged fast bowling attack regarded as the most vicious in Test history.

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42. Sunil Gavaskar compares Virat Kohli to Sir Don Bradman, says Indian skipper is always expected to score a ton.

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43. In an analysis on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar said "Virat needs.

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44. Sunil Gavaskar reminded us of Indian teams from the 1970s and 80s.

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