Amazing work done in West Indies
West Indies were the strongest team in the world in the 70s and 80s. They used to have dreaded bowlers. Sunil Gavaskar made his debut for India on the 1971 tour of the West Indies. At that time he was 22 years old. He could not play the first match of the 5 ODI series due to infection. He got a chance to debut in the second match at Queens Park over. Gavaskar, who came out to open the batting, scored innings of 65 and 67*. India won the match by 7 wickets. This was the team’s first win in the West Indies.
After this, Gavaskar’s bat did not stop at all. He scored 116 and 64* in the third match, 1 and 117* in the fourth and then 124 and 220 in the fifth match. He is still the only Indian batsman to score a century and a double century in the same Test. Sunil Gavaskar scored 774 runs in that series at an average of 154.8. It is still the highest number of runs scored by any batsman in the world on debut. Trinidadian calypso singer Lord Relator (Willard Harris) wrote a song in Gavaskar’s honour, “Gavaskar Calypso”.
be the first 10 thousand in the test
Sunil Gavaskar’s bat continued even after this. He became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He also broke Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 centuries for the most in Tests. In a career spanning 125 Tests, he scored 10112 runs at an average of 51.12. With the help of 34 centuries and 45 fifty. At the time of his retirement, Gavaskar was the batsman with the most runs and most centuries in Tests.
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