New Delhi (EMS). The most beautiful moment for any batsman is to score a century and lead the team to victory. The century proves that the player not only has talent but also has patience, which is necessary for cricket, especially Test matches. If a batsman scores a double century, then what is there to say. There are only a few select players in the world who have scored double centuries in international cricket. And there is only one such cricketer in the world, who has scored double centuries in all four innings of a Test match. That cricketer is none other than India’s darling Sunil Gavaskar.
As soon as Gavaskar is mentioned, two records come to mind. The records of first scoring 10 thousand runs and first scoring 34 centuries in Test cricket are in his name. Gavaskar was the first cricketer in the world to make this record. However, these records have now been broken. But there is one record of his which remains intact even after years. This is the record of scoring double centuries in all four innings of Test cricket, which no other cricketer has been able to reach. Gavaskar scored his first double century on the West Indies tour in 1971. He played an inning of 220 runs against West Indies in the third innings of the Port of Spain Test match. Gavaskar had also scored 124 runs in the first innings of this match. This match between India and West Indies ended in a draw.
Gavaskar scored the second double century of his career in 1978 against West Indies. But this time the ground was not West Indies, but Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. This time Gavaskar scored 205 runs in the first innings of the match itself. However, this time also the Indian team could not take advantage of Sunny’s double century and the match remained a draw.
Gavaskar’s next double century came in 1979. This was a match between India and England. Gavaskar scored 221 runs in the fourth innings of the Oval Test. It is also counted among the most exciting Test matches of cricket, in which England had given a huge target of 438 runs to India. Sunil Gavaskar’s double century played a big role in this brilliant reply of India.
Gavaskar’s fourth double century came in 1983. The Little Master then taught the West Indies bowlers a lesson and played an unbeaten inning of 236 runs. Gavaskar scored this double century in the second innings of the Test match played in Chennai. With this, he became the only cricketer in the world to have scored centuries in all four innings of a Test match. Even today, after 40 years, this record of Gavaskar remains intact.
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