Manohar Gavaskar is probably the only technically correct cricketer in
Many players have big records but nobody ever played cricket straighter
than Sunny Gavaskar.He is a textbook of cricket technique. His records
suggest he was a great cricketer,ofcourse,but how many of you have seen
a batsman play a bowler's backdrive such that it travelled just about
four inches past the stumps on the opposite end to reach the boundary
even before the bowler stopped in his follow through? ...And do this consistently
atleast once in every innings!?.
How many batsmen have you seen bending their knees and delicately late
cutting a spinners delivery almost out of the wicket keeper's gloves?The
Latecut seems to have retired from Indian Test Cricket along with Sunil
How many 5'4" batsmen have you seen play a highspeed short ball, aimed
at his forehead, in such a way that it dropped near his feet and stayed
there till a close-in fielder picked it up?All this without even a helmet
How many cricket commentators have you seen recognise Saqlain Mustaq's
"Straight delivery" just by looking at the "Seam and Shine" position of
the ball at the time of delivery?Even Sachin Tendulkar has got out to
this delivery three consequetive times!.
I'm not Dom Moraes but this is an effort to pay tribute to the world's
greatest cricketer.I'm sure all those who have seen him play will agree
with me... As for those who have not seen Sunny play and still love the
game you might as well compensate a little by watching the likes of Sachin
Tendulkar,Mark Waugh and Brian Lara.
Guess you were just born Unlucky.
Born: 10 July 1949, Bombay.
Major Teams: India, Somerset, Bombay.
Known As: Sunny Gavaskar.
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsman.
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium.
Other: ICC Match Referee.
retired from First Class Cricket Sunil Gavaskar writes regular columns
in Newspapers, Sports magazines and for The Professional Management Group.
He is also a very popular Television Commentator on International Sports
Channels. Sunil Gavaskar has written three books SUNNY DAYS, IDOLS and
ONE DAY WONDERS. On the ocassion of his 50th birthday in the year '99
Rupa Publications has come up with a compilation of all his three books
in one called THE SUNIL GAVASKAR OMNIBUS.
first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
Highest no. of centuries - 34
The only cricketer to hit a century in each innings of a Test thrice.
Only cricketer to score 1000 runs or more in a calendar year on 4 occasions.
Only cricketer to score 5000 runs or more abroad.
The first cricketer to make fastest 1000 runs - in 78 days and 6 Tests.
The only cricketer to top score in both the completed innings of a Test
on five occasions.
The only cricketer to top score in 58 completed innings.
The only cricketer to have the highest match aggregate on 36 occasions.
Highest runs (774) by a debutant.
Highest runs by any player in a series (774) against West Indies.
Maximum no. of runs & centuries scored by a player against West Indies
- 2749 runs & 13 centuries.
Only cricketer to score 4 consecutive centuries at 2 venues - Port of
Spain & Wankhede.
The only cricketer to hit hundreds in 3 consecutive innings twice.
Only cricketer with 58 century partnership with 18 different players.
Debut: India v West Indies at Port-of-Spain, 2nd Test, 1970/71.
Last Test: India v Pakistan at Bangalore, 5th Test, 1986/87.
ODI Debut: India v England at Leeds, Prudential Trophy, 1974
Last ODI: India v England at Bombay, World Cup, 1987/88
First Class Debut: Vazir Sultan Colt's XI v Dungarpur XI at Hyderabad,
Last First Class Match: Rest of the World v M.C.C. at Lord's, 1987
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1980
Match Referee Records:
Debut: West Indies v England at Kingston, 1st Test, 1993/94
Test Appearances: 1
ODI Debut: West Indies v England at Bridgetown, 1st ODI, 1993/94
Latest ODI: West Indies v England at Port-of-Spain, 5th ODI, 1993/94
ODI Appearances: 5