Sunil Gavaskar is perhaps the greatest Test match opening batsman of all time. His ability to score runs consistently against the best of attacks stood out during his career. He was the first man on the planet that reached the summit of 10,000 Test match runs.
A man who played on uncovered pitches and without a helmet dominated every condition during his legendary career. Now a popular commentator, Gavaskar gives his in-depth analysis during every home game that India plays.
Many still consider him to be one of the finest ever batsman to play the game. We take a look at his remarkable Test career in which he represented India in 125 matches.
Here are 5 interesting records achieved by Sunil Gavaskar in his Test cricket:
1. More than 700 runs in his debut series
Gavaskar in 1971 played his first Test series against the mighty West Indies team. The determined right-handed batsman stood tall against the fearsome bowling attack of the West Indies. This is still the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a Test series.
In the 8 innings that Gavaskar batted, he amassed 774 runs at a staggering average of 154.80 that included 4 hundred and 3 fifties. Gavaskar announced his arrival in style and made the headlines in his debut series.
He also scored a double century and a century in the same Test in the series. The rare feat is the only time when an Indian batsman has scored a 200 and 100 in the same Test match.