[11], Gavaskar was captain of the Indian team on several occasions in the late 1970s and early 1980s, although his record is less than impressive. This ended a 14-month span in which Gavaskar played in 22 Tests and the 1979 Cricket World Cup. A three-Test tour of England saw him score only 185 runs at 30.83, which India won 2–0 despite his unproductivity. 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. The first series was a six Test tour to Pakistan. Praising the knock, Gavaskar said that it was a “typical Test match century”. Melbourne [Australia], December 28 (ANI): Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels Ajinkya Rahane's gritty hundred in the ongoing Boxing Day Test will go … Team India had … [11], Despite this, he was stripped of the captaincy when India toured England in 1979 for a four Test tour. The incident occurred in 1981, with India chasing a series-salvaging victory. at Lord's, 1987. 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. 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). 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. Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record of first class 100s on 8 February 2013 [16]. He held the record for the highest number of test centuries (34) before. The 1983–84 season started with a home series against Pakistan, with all three matches being drawn. With three balls left in the match, all four results were possible. He was involved in controversy when taking a quick single from the bowling of John Snow. 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[30]—although his name is usually recorded as Rohan Sunil Gavaskar. India were embarrassed 1–0 by the Test minnows at the time, with Gavaskar managing only 186 runs at 37.2. After retirement, he has been a popular, if sometimes controversial commentator, both on TV and in print. He has been selected as the interim president of BCCI, replacing N. Srinivasan"[28]. Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border on Monday picked Shubman Gill over Prithvi Shaw to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the day-night Test in Adelaide on December 17. [11] His English critics were placated when India returned in 1974 and Gavaskar scored 101 and 58 in the second Test at Old Trafford. 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. 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. He is also a former Sheriff of Mumbai. Gavaskar also tried his hand at acting on the silver screen. Date the match was held, or the starting date of match for Test matches. His performance in the Test made him the second player after Doug Walters to score a century and double century in the same match. The local police chief reportedly asked Gavaskar to declare to placate the angry crowd. 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. [11] It was in the Fourth Test at The Oval that he produced his finest innings on English soil. Having secured the series 2–0, Gavaskar was removed from the captaincy for the drawn Sixth Test. Check IND vs AUS 2nd Test live score and match updates here. [11], The 1981–82 Indian season saw a hard-fought 1–0 series win over England in six Tests. Making his Test debut against the West Indies in March 1971,[10] Gavaskar scored his first century in the third Test of the same series. 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. 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. He started consistently, scoring four half-centuries in five innings of the first three Tests. [8][11], 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. With the teams locked 0–0 leading into the final Test in Bangalore, there was to be no fairytale. On 22 December 1994, Gavaskar was sworn in as, "Gavaskar Stadium" in his home district of, In 2003, he became the first and till now the only Indian to have delivered a, On 21 November 2012, Gavaskar was conferred with BCCI's prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award at the BCCI Annual Awards Function 2011-12. An Ian Botham led fightback saw Gavaskar removed, with India still needing 49 runs from 46 balls. 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. The legendary Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on the youngster for his solid defence as well as attacking batting. India won the Third and Fifth Tests in Bombay and Madras. 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. He managed only 240 runs at 30, as India were crushed 2–0 by the world champions. [33] His other sister—Nutan Gavaskar was the honorary general secretary of Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI). India broke through for a 153-run win in the Third Test at Kanpur, where Gavaskar scored 76. [8], Gavaskar was restored to the captaincy for the gruelling 1979–80 season, with six Test home series against both Australia and Pakistan. He is the only cricketer to score 4 consecutive centuries at 2 venues—Port of Spain &. 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. [11], 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. This made him the first player in Test history to achieve centuries in both innings of a Test three times. His 205 in the First Test made him the first Indian to score a double century in India against the West Indies. 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,[26] in which capacity he has frequently criticised his employers and levelled serious accusations of racism. Cricket greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting hailed Ajinkya Rahane for his gritty century on the second day of the Boxing Day Test, calling it a worthy captain’s knock. India vs Australia 4th Test: Cheteshwar Pujara pips Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar in an elite list. 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. He also served as an advisor to the India national cricket team during the home series against Australia in 2004. Gavaskar finished the series with 447 runs at 89.40. 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. Gavaskar scored another half-century in the Second Test to end the series with 259 at 43.16. Often equipped with unpenetrative bowling attacks he tended to use conservative tactics which resulted in a large number of draws. Gavaskar is a recipient of the Indian civilian honours of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan. According to Sanjay Manjrekar, it was "Vintage Gavaskar, playing swing bowling to perfection, taking his time initially and then opening up. He has scored the most runs by any player in a series (774) against. In a nutshell Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries. At the same time, Sunil Gavaskar achieved this feat at the age of 21 years and 243 days. Gavaskar was dismissed for 96 in the second innings as India were bowled out to give Pakistan a 1–0 series win.[8][11]. As a result, India secured an eight-wicket victory. He always used to tell me, 'Cheeka! This was the first Test of the series. This occurred because Gavaskar had refused to tour the West Indies for another series immediately afterwards, asking for a rest. India had won only one of their 32 most recent Tests and none of their last 28. Gavaskar almost went through his career without scoring a one-day century. Check IND vs AUS 2nd Test live score and match updates here. In a two-minute video, Sunil Gavaskar paid a rich tribute to Team India for its 'inspiring' display in the Test series against Australia. He scored 108 runs at 27, with an 86 bowled by Lance Gibbs at Bombay's Wankhede Stadium hosting the first test on this ground, the closest the Indian public got to see a century. [12] 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. The series ended 1–2, and with a poor display of 140 runs at 17.5, Gavaskar resigned, although he had already announced his intention to relinquish the leadership before the series. Cricket greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ricky Ponting hailed Ajinkya Rahane for his gritty century on the second day of the Boxing Day Test, calling it a worthy captain’s knock. After many years he appeared in a guest role in (1988) Hindi movie "Maalamaal". KL Rahul's Test record in Australia has been modest to say the least. He is a joint holder of the record for scoring centuries in both the test match innings on three occasions along with Australia's. In 2003, he became the first Indian to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. [3][7] In February 2012, the International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted him into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Gavaskar had his bat knocked out of his hand by a hostile delivery from Malcolm Marshall before being dismissed. He managed only 118 runs at 19.66 in the three Tests against Australia, but his impact in Australia was for a controversial incident. Revisiting Sunil Gavaskar's 101 in the first Test against England in 1974. It was his last series. [13] Unlike his Test career, his ODI career was less illustrious scoring 3,092 runs at an average of 35.13. 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 made 172 in the Second Test at Bangalore and reached a half-century on three further occasions to compile 500 runs at 62.5. Gavaskar's 144 runs at the low average of 24,[11] led some to question Gavaskar's worthiness for international cricket. "Gavaskar slams 'white man' ban. [8] Standing in despite having scored only 703 runs at 28.12 since his debut series, Gavaskar rewarded the selectors with 116 and 35*. Gavaskar’s three-figure Test scores include three double-centuries, the first of which was made in only his fourth Test and came on the heels of a century in the first innings of that same game – the fifth Test of India’s 1971 series in the West Indies. The first was 119 in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, helping India to a victory. [2] Described as one of the greatest opening batsmen in cricket history,[3][4] Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and scored 10,122 runs. 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. [11], 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. [8] 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. [11] 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. Early in his Test career, when India rarely used pace bowlers, Gavaskar also opened the bowling for a short spell on occasions if only one pace bowler was playing, before a three-pronged spin attack took over. He is the only cricketer with 58-century partnership with 18 different players. India started well enough, drawing the First Test in Lahore, with Gavaskar scoring 83. Rest of the World against England (his last first class game): 1. [8][11], Gavaskar was not to score a century on home soil until November 1976. ", This page was last edited on 21 January 2021, at 16:54. 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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. The First Test against Sri Lanka in Kanpur saw Gavaskar's 34th and final Test century of 176. He aggregated 732 runs at 91.50 for the series, securing India a 1–0 win in his first series as captain. 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. He has the maximum no. "I wish Shubman Gill could have carried on from that half-century to century. Gavaskar led India in a Test for the first time in January 1976 against New Zealand during the First Test in Auckland when regular captain Bishen Bedi was suffering from a leg injury. Gavaskar scored 89 in the First Test and 97 in the Second, which India drew and lost, respectively. Here is a look at Gavaskar's century. [8] 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. It was the first Test between the two nations, with Sri Lankan having only recently been awarded Test status. He scored some runs in the final two Tests which India drew to complete consecutive series wins over England. He managed only 4 and 1 in the Fourth Test in Madras as India forced the only win of the series. [13] Gavaskar's solitary century in ODIs came in the penultimate innings of his career—against New Zealand—during the 1987 Cricket World Cup where he scored 103 runs in 88 balls; the performance ensured India's victory, which earned him a man of the match award. [9][10], Gavaskar's arrival in England in 1971 for a three-Test series generated substantial publicity in light of his debut series. 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 sparked a controversy in early 2008 for his comments on the contentious Sydney Test Match: "Millions of Indians want to know if it (match referee Mike Procter's verdict against Harbhajan Singh) was a 'white man' taking the 'white man's' word against that of the 'brown man'. Gavaskar was most successful against the West Indies and Australia scoring 13 and 8 centuries respectively. Quite simply, if there was no audio evidence, nor did the officials hear anything, then the charge did not stand. He was ineffective in the first three Tests, accumulating only sixty runs in five innings as India took a 2–1 lead. [8] 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. In a nutshell Sunil Gavaskar was the first to get 10,000 Test runs and 30 centuries. Praising the knock, Gavaskar said that it was a “typical Test match century”. The only wicket claimed by him is that of Pakistani Zaheer Abbas in 1978–79. His captaincy of the Indian team, however, was less successful. [8][11], 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. Gavaskar was one of the architects of the win with a century. [citation needed], His first series in charge was a West Indian visit to India for a six Test series. Before the Oval Test began, Sunil Gavaskar was a thoughtful young man. [8] A steady series saw him finish with 394 runs at 39.4 with a century coming in the Fifth Test and two half-centuries. Gavaskar's several large centuries contrasted with several failures. Gavaskar made 74 runs at 24.66 but was unable to bat in the Third Test. In 1986–87, Gavaskar's final season in Test cricket, India faced a long season of eleven home Tests. Thursday, January 21, 2021 English It was a special knock as it helped him surpass Donald Bradman’s then record of most centuries … Sunil Gavaskar calls Washington Sundar-Shardul Thakur’s partnership a revelation. 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. India won the third but lost the earlier two. 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. Gavaskar out!" He has scored 127 not out in the Faisalabad Test in the year 1983 and became the 1st Indian to carry the bat in a test match. India took the First Test, before five consecutive draws resulted, four of which did not even reach the fourth innings. The master batsman was also aware that if he broke the jinx he would bury Sir Len Hutton's record of 19 Test … [8][11], In 1985–86, India toured Australia, playing against a team in a poor form slump. He finished the Five Test series with 450 runs at 50, failing twice as India lost the final Test and the series 3–2. Their son, Rohan, was also a cricketer who played 11 One Day Internationals for India, but could not cement his spot in the team. He left the committee to continue his career as a broadcaster. Sunil Gavaskar got swapped at birth with a fisherman's son", "He's 92 and still going strong. Gavaskar was also a fine slip fielder and his safe catching in the slips helped him become the first Indian (excluding wicket-keepers) to take over a hundred catches in Test matches. Despite his team's difficulties, Gavaskar remained productive with 434 runs at 47.18 with a century and three half centuries. Pakistan then defeated India in three consecutive matches. Against a team regarded as the worst to leave Australian shores, Gavaskar made 90 in the second innings of the First Test in Madras (now Chennai), giving India a chance to reach the target of 348, which ended in a tie. ANI Updated: January 20, 2021 02:04 AM IST "Perhaps, I would have grown up to be an obscure fisherman, toiling somewhere along the west coast," Sunny G wrote. He had aggregated 505 at 50.50 for the series.[8][11]. Read more on Cricket by The Quint. 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. Skipper Sourav Ganguly led from the front to score a sparkling 144 studded with 18 boundaries. In one ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah in 1985, he took four catches and helped India defend a small total of 125. 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