India legend Sunil Gavaskar says Ajinkya Rahane’s gritty century in the Boxing Day Test will go down as one of the most important innings in the nation’s cricket history. The 1983–84 season started with a home series against Pakistan, with all three matches being drawn.  India drew the series 1–1 but the following three-Test series in New Zealand was to signal the start of a barren run of 19 Tests under Gavaskar of which India were to win only one and lose five. ", This page was last edited on 21 January 2021, at 16:54. With the teams locked 0–0 leading into the final Test in Bangalore, there was to be no fairytale. Gavaskar was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs. Gavaskar's 144 runs at the low average of 24, led some to question Gavaskar's worthiness for international cricket. The First Test was held in Kanpur and India were crushed by an innings. He managed only 118 runs at 19.66 in the three Tests against Australia, but his impact in Australia was for a controversial incident. Gavaskar vowed never to play at Eden Gardens again, and duly withdrew from the team for India's next fixture at the Bengali capital two years later, ending his record of 106 consecutive Tests.  He was the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs and held the record for most runs until Allan Border surpassed it. Sunil Gavaskar was exchanged with a fisherman's baby at birth. "Young India has done it," said the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, terming the historic 2-1 come-from-behind Test series win over Australia as a "magical moment for Indian cricket". info); born 10 July 1949), is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer representing India and Bombay from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. Making his Test debut against the West Indies in March 1971, Gavaskar scored his first century in the third Test of the same series. Skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front to score a sparkling 144 studded with 18 boundaries. It was a special knock as it helped him surpass Donald Bradman’s then record of most centuries in the longest format. Gill featured in both of India's warm-up matches in the lead up to the first Test and was in good nick, with scores of 43 and 65 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India vs Australia 4th Test: Cheteshwar Pujara pips Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar in an elite list. India were embarrassed 1–0 by the Test minnows at the time, with Gavaskar managing only 186 runs at 37.2. After missing the first Test due to an infected fingernail, Gavaskar scored 65 and 67 not out in the second Test in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, hitting the winning runs which gave India its first-ever win over the West Indies.  In an eight-Test season, three and five against New Zealand and England, respectively, Gavaskar scored centuries in the first and last Tests of the season. The first was 119 in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, helping India to a victory. While Gavaskar could not be described as an attacking batsman, he had the ability of keeping the scoreboard ticking with unique shots such as the "late flick". He has the highest runs (774) maker by a debutant. India lost to New Zealand 1–0, with Gavaskar managing 126 runs at 25.2. , The 1980–81 season saw Gavaskar returned as captain for the Australasian tour, but it was to be the start of an unhappy reign for Gavaskar and India. They collided, and Gavaskar fell over. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, when Gavaskar was given out by the Australian umpire Rex Whitehead, he ordered his fellow opener Chetan Chauhan off the field. Sunil Gavaskar was in West Indies when his son Rohan was born in 1976. Gavaskar scored another half-century in the Second Test to end the series with 259 at 43.16. Suggesting changes to India's winning playing XI at the MCG, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar has backed Mayank Agarwal to open for Team India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) despite his poor run in the first two Test. Ravindra Jadeja scored 57 runs in India's first innings of the Boxing Day Test. In a nutshell Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries. The series against Pakistan was similarly high scoring, with four draws, three of which did not reach the fourth innings. 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Unlike his Test career, his ODI career was less illustrious scoring 3,092 runs at an average of 35.13. The season ended with a one-off Test against England in Bombay, which India lost. He returned to Trinidad for the fifth Test and scored 124 and 220 to help India to its first ever series victory over the West Indies, and the only one until 2006. The only wicket claimed by him is that of Pakistani Zaheer Abbas in 1978–79. Legendary Sunil Gavaskar came to the rescue of the Indian batsmen after their horror show in the second innings of the first Test against Australia. He scored 74 and 5 in the next two Tests as India won the three-match series 2–0. The previous record was held by Sunil Gavaskar (21y 243d) for his unbeaten 67 against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 1970-71 on debut. Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. Born in a Marathi speaking family to Meenal (née Mantri) & Manohar Gavaskar, Gavaskar is married to Marshneill Gavaskar (née Mehrotra), daughter of a leather industrialist from Kanpur.  On the West Indian leg of the tour, Gavaskar scored consecutive centuries of 156 and 102 in the Second and Third Tests, both in Port of Spain, Trinidad. India took the First Test, before five consecutive draws resulted, four of which did not even reach the fourth innings. It was his last series. He also passed 8,000 Test runs in the innings, and was personally honoured by Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at the ground. Often equipped with unpenetrative bowling attacks he tended to use conservative tactics which resulted in a large number of draws. In the first innings of the match, Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant century. He is the first Indian cricketer to carry his bat in test cricket. The second Test is being played in Melbourne between India and Australia. Their son, Rohan, was also a cricketer who played 11 One Day Internationals for India, but could not cement his spot in the team. , Gavaskar's 1974–75 series against the West Indies was interrupted, playing in only the First and fifth and final Test of the series against the West Indies. In the Second Test in Delhi, Gavaskar delivered his riposte to Marshall, hooking him for a consecutive four and six to start his innings. Gavaskar scored 89 in the First Test and 97 in the Second, which India drew and lost, respectively. The match was drawn, but India conceded the series after losing the Fourth. After many years he appeared in a guest role in (1988) Hindi movie "Maalamaal". He scored 246*, 222 and 85 in school cricket in his final year of secondary education before striking a century against the touring London schoolboys. 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.  He added a further 73 in the second innings of a high scoring draw. He finished the Oceania tour with 244 runs at 22.18, with only two half-centuries, making little impact. , In 1985–86, India toured Australia, playing against a team in a poor form slump. Gavaskar was one of the architects of the win with a century. His focus of technical correctness over flair meant that his style of play was usually less suited to the shorter form of the game, at which he had less success. The pink-ball Test in Adelaide was poised for a competitive finish with India leading by 62 runs at the start of Day three's play. , Gavaskar was captain of the Indian team on several occasions in the late 1970s and early 1980s, although his record is less than impressive. Nothing in the air, everything copybook." In the First Test against England at Delhi, he was mobbed upon becoming the first Indian to reach 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year. He played the lead role in the Marathi movie "Savli Premachi". Sunil Gavaskar believes Shaw needs to head back to the drawing board and the experienced KL Rahul should replace him at the top of the order. The local police chief reportedly asked Gavaskar to declare to placate the angry crowd. We saw that (aggression in field placings) with the leg-gully, slip and forward short leg (during Australia's first innings on Saturday)," added Gavaskar.  His twin centuries made him the first Indian to score two centuries in one Test on two occasions, and saw him pass Umrigar as India's leading Test run-scorer. The first two Tests against Australia were high scoring draws where only 45 wickets fell, with India taking a first-innings lead in both after making scores over 400. Although he has a century to his name, he has scored only 187 runs in the five Tests … Praising the knock, Gavaskar said that it was a “typical Test match century”. He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1980. Brisbane Test: India legend Sunil Gavaskar was full of praises for Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, saying their effort with the bat on Day 3 was a heartwarming revelation. Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has described Rahane's century as one of the most important centuries in Indian cricket history. Batting great Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane's gritty hundred in the ongoing Boxing Day Test will go down as one of the most important centuries in the history of Indian cricket. In a two-minute video, Sunil Gavaskar paid a rich tribute to Team India for its 'inspiring' display in the Test series against Australia. , Despite this, he was stripped of the captaincy when India toured England in 1979 for a four Test tour. At the same time, Sunil Gavaskar achieved this feat at the age of 21 years and 243 days. One of my favourite moments with Sunil Gavaskar is the Madras Test against Pakistan in 1987. Date the match was held, or the starting date of match for Test matches.  Instead of abandoning the match, the Indian manager, SK Durani persuaded Chauhan to return to the match which India went on to win by 59 runs as Australia collapsed to 83 in their second innings. Gavaskar was widely admired for his technique against fast bowling, with a particularly high average of 65.45 against the West Indies team, who possessed a four-pronged fast bowling attack regarded as the most vicious in Test history. "I wish Shubman Gill could have carried on from that half-century to century.  Gavaskar's highest Test score of 236 not out came against the West Indies at Chennai in 1983,[N 1] an Indian record at that time. Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar has lauded stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane's century, which has put the tourists in control of the second Test at the MCG. Cheteshwar Pujara was one of the architects of India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia on their previous trip Down Under back in 2018-19. Rohan was given the name "Rohan Jaivishwa" by his father as a tribute to his 3 favourite cricketers—Rohan Kanhai; M. L. Jaisimha; and Rohan's uncle, Gundappa Vishwanath—although his name is usually recorded as Rohan Sunil Gavaskar. He is also a former Sheriff of Mumbai. Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane’s century in the ongoing Boxing Day Test here, after the Adelaide humiliation will go down as one of the most important innings in the history of Indian cricket.. India were bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 in the second innings as Australia claimed an eight-wicket win in the series opener at the Adelaide Oval. With three balls left in the match, all four results were possible. His captaincy of the Indian team, however, was less successful. The number of the Test match played in that series. He finished the Five Test series with 450 runs at 50, failing twice as India lost the final Test and the series 3–2. The previous record was held by Sunil Gavaskar (21y 243d) for his unbeaten 67 against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 1970-71 on debut. After another stalemate in the Fifth Test, Gavaskar scored 123 in the Sixth Test, where Australia collapsed by an innings after India posted their fourth first innings in excess of 400 for the series. (PIC: AP) Shubman Gill's age is currently 21 years and 133 days. Led by Gavaskar, India made steady progress to be 328/1 with 20 overs remaining on the final day with a record-breaking victory still possible. Sunil Gavaskar (113) led the chase. India vs Australia 2nd Test: Sunil Gavaskar is of the belief that the hundred is of epic proportions and one that will be etched in the history of Indian cricket.  Trinidad Calypso singer Lord Relator (Willard Harris) wrote a song in Gavaskar's honour, the "Gavaskar Calypso". Gavaskar talked about the test series between India and Australia which took place 2 years ago and said that Pant performed brilliantly in that series as he scored a hundred and after scoring a century in the practice match now, he should be the choice of … Sunil Gavaskar was in West Indies when his son Rohan was born in 1976. Here is a look at Gavaskar's century. Gavaskar's 90 in the Third Test at Ahmedabad saw him pass Geoff Boycott's Test world record of 8,114 career runs, but was insufficient to prevent another defeat. In a nutshell Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries. Gavaskar's several large centuries contrasted with several failures. His performance in the Test made him the second player after Doug Walters to score a century and double century in the same match. , His maternal uncle was retired Indian cricketer Madhav Mantri. 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India won the third but lost the earlier two. In the Sixth Test in Madras, he compiled his 30th Test century in his 99th test match, with an unbeaten 236 which was the highest Test score by an Indian. He has sung a Marathi song "Ya Duniyemadhye Thambayaala Vel Konala" which was written by noted Marathi lyricist Shantaram Nandgaonkar. blaming him for India' performance. He is the only cricketer with 58-century partnership with 18 different players. at Lord's, 1987. At the same time, Sunil Gavaskar achieved this feat at the age of 21 years and 243 days. He left the committee to continue his career as a broadcaster.  In 2012, he was awarded the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India.. Gavaskar wrote four books on cricket, including his own autobiography, On 25 March 2008, Malcolm Speed, ICC chief executive, told Gavaskar "very clearly", during a meeting between the two at Dubai, that he would have to quit his post at the ICC if he failed to give up his job of commentator and newspaper columnist, in which capacity he has frequently criticised his employers and levelled serious accusations of racism. Sunil Gavaskar was the first player in history to score 10000 Test runs. Gavaskar made centuries in both innings of the match. He was the Chairman of the ICC cricket committee until the time he was forced to choose between commenting and being on the committee. India ended nine runs short with two wickets in hand when stumps were drawn. Gill, having earned his Test cap in the second match of the series, scored 45 and 35* in Melbourne. He was the first Indian to aggregate more than 700 runs in a series, and this 774 runs at 154.80 remain the most runs scored in a debut series by any batsman. Praising the knock, Gavaskar said that it was a “typical Test match century”. India started well enough, drawing the First Test in Lahore, with Gavaskar scoring 83. At Madras, he made 166 in the first innings and was unbeaten on 29 when India brought up the winning runs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen and one of the best opening batsmen in Test cricket history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by any batsman.  He became the first player to score two centuries in a Test match for the third time, when he made 107 and 182 not out in a match against the West Indies in December 1978. Despite his team's difficulties, Gavaskar remained productive with 434 runs at 47.18 with a century and three half centuries. It was his Uncle who spotted that the child was not Sunny as he had a birthmark near his ear. The movie did not receive much appreciation though. He was the first Test batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in a career and now stands at number 12 on the group of 13 players with 10,000-plus Test runs. Speaking to Damien Fleming on 7Cricket, Sunil Gavaskar opened up on a moment of controversy during his days as India captain, when he almost led his team to forfeit an ill-tempered Test against Australia at the MCG.. , In 1972–73, England toured India for a five-Test series, Gavaskar's first on home soil. When Gavaskar led his team onto the field, he was pelted with fruit. He scored 103 in the Third Test to end the series with 205 runs at 51.66. He made 115 in the Fourth Test in Delhi, where India were unable to convert a 212-run first innings lead, resulting in a draw. As a result, Gundappa Viswanath was appointed so that he could prepare his leadership skills for the tour. He captained the national team on and off over a period between 1978 and 1985, which included a great 2–0 win over Pakistan in 1979/80. , The 1982–83 subcontinental season started well for Gavaskar on an individual note, as he made 155 in a one-off Test against Sri Lanka in Madras.  His sister Kavita Viswanath is married to cricketer Gundappa Viswanath. India reciprocated England's visit in 1982 for a three-Test series, which was lost 1–0. His infamous 36 not out in the 1975 World Cup, carrying his bat through the full 60 overs against England, led Indian supporters to storm the field and confront him for scoring so slowly when India needed nearly a run a ball to win; at the end of the game India had lost only three wickets but scored 200 runs less than England. India were unable to capitalise as all three Tests were drawn, but Gavaskar did. A monumental century for Sunil Gavaskar, #OnThisDay 1979! The duo combined for a record century stand to frustrate Australia’s bowling attack and rescue the visitors from a precarious position in the series […] , Gavaskar was restored to the captaincy for the gruelling 1979–80 season, with six Test home series against both Australia and Pakistan. He managed his first (and only ODI century) in the 1987 World Cup, when he hit 103 not out in 88 balls against New Zealand in his penultimate ODI innings at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur. The Indians' mastery of the Caribbean spinners on a turning track reportedly led West Indian captain Clive Lloyd to vow that he would rely on pace alone in future Tests. , Gavaskar's arrival in England in 1971 for a three-Test series generated substantial publicity in light of his debut series. "Perhaps, I would have grown up to be an obscure fisherman, toiling somewhere along the west coast," Sunny G wrote.  He has scored 150 or more runs in a Test match innings on twelve occasions. The official reason given was that Srinivas Venkataraghavan was preferred due to his superior experience on English soil, but most observers believed that Gavaskar was punished because he was believed to be considering defecting to World Series Cricket. He scored some runs in the final two Tests which India drew to complete consecutive series wins over England. Having secured the series 2–0, Gavaskar was removed from the captaincy for the drawn Sixth Test. , In 1977–78 he toured Australia, scoring three consecutive Test centuries (113, 127, 118) in the second innings of the first three Tests at Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne, respectively. The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane's century in the ongoing Boxing Day Test here, after the Adelaide humiliation will go down as one of the most important innings in the history of Indian cricket. Thursday, January 21, 2021 English He then went on to score 121, his 29th Test century in 94 balls in his 95th test match, equalling Don Bradman's world record. He responded with 114 against Rajasthan in his second match and two other consecutive centuries saw him being selected in the 1970/71 Indian team to tour the West Indies. Making his Test debut against the West Indies in March 1971, Gavaskar scored his first century in the third Test of the same series. He ended the series with 542 runs at 77.42 and was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Rest of the World against England (his last first class game): 1. He captained India to nine victories and eight losses, but most of the games were drawn, 30. India was 1–0 down needed to reach a world record target of 438 to square the series. Rahane-led team India has been dominating the ongoing 2nd Test match so far.On Day2 of the 2nd Test match, Rahane played an amazing knock of unbeaten 104 off 200 balls. He was ineffective in the first three Tests, accumulating only sixty runs in five innings as India took a 2–1 lead. Test debut: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, 6–10 March 1971, Last Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, 13–17 March 1987, ODI debut: England v India at Leeds, 13 July 1974, Last ODI: India v England at Bombay, 5 November 1987, First Class Debut: Vazir Sultan Colt's XI v Dungarpur XI at Hyderabad, 1966/67, Last First Class Match: Rest of the World v M.C.C. Gavaskar was the first cricketer to play 100 consecutive test matches. For the first time, Gavaskar faced Pakistani pace spearhead Imran Khan, who described him as "The most compact batsman I've bowled to." He is a joint holder of the record for scoring centuries in both the test match innings on three occasions along with Australia's. The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane's century in the ongoing Boxing Day Test here, after the Adelaide humiliation will go down as one of the most important innings in the history of Indian cricket. Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar has heaped rich praises on fellow Mumbaikar Rahane and called his innings a fantastic one. The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane's century in the ongoing Boxing Day Test here, after the Adelaide humiliation will go down as one of the most important innings in the history of Indian cricket. It was a special knock as it helped him surpass Donald Bradman’s then record of most centuries … Former Indian cricketer and a legend of the game, Sunil Gavaskar feels that Ajinkya Rahane's valiant century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground … The Pakistan series was followed by a six Test series against the touring West Indies at the height of their powers. 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