Sunil Gavaskar is a former Indian cricketer who represented India and Bombay.
Gavaskar is the author of four cricket books.
“Little Master “
Gavaskar, often known as “Little Master,” has proven his power in the cricket game with some excellent batting and unparalleled records during his career, and even after he retired, he went on to become a cricket expert and pundit.
Cricket at a young age
His love for cricket began at a young age, prompting him to enroll in St. Xavier’s School in Mumbai, which was already well-known for its cricket facilities. Gavaskar played a lot of cricket in school and was crowned the best schoolboy cricketer of the year in 1966 for his efforts. In the same year, while playing for the Vazir Sultan’s Colts XI, he made his first-class debut.
Following a successful run in first-class cricket, Gavaskar was set to make his international debut for India during a tour to the West Indies, and it was this series that would prove to be a watershed moment in his cricket career.
India faced a formidable West Indies team in a series of five test matches, and although missing the first due to injury, Gavaskar made his mark in the remaining matches, scoring a massive 776 runs in the series’ final four test matches. After his magnificent batsmanship, India finally wins its first match in the West Indies. This performance in his maiden series cemented his status as an undisputed cricket superstar in India, and despite high expectations for him in the subsequent series against England, he was unable to match it.
Gavaskar didn’t lose after a disappointing England tour and went on to make a consecutive century in the West Indies on the next tour in 1975. In the second and third test matches, he scored 156 and 102 runs respectively, but India won the third due to his batsmanship. Gavaskar maintained his dream run for the Indian team on the 1977 tour of Australia, where he was once again an exceptional performance for his side. Even though India lost the series, Gavaskar became the first player in series history to hit three consecutive centuries, and he proved to be the tour’s lone bright spot.
Gavaskar was renowned for his fast bowling technique, with a particularly high average of 65.45 against the West Indies, who had the most ferocious four-pronged fast bowling attack in Test history. His captaincy of the Indian team, on the other hand, was a failure.
Gavaskar has received two of India’s highest civilian honors, the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He received the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India in 2012.
Interim BCCI President
Gavaskar was named Interim BCCI President by the Supreme Court of India on March 28, 2014, largely to oversee the 7th Season of the Indian Premier League. He was also ordered to stop working as a cricket commentator by the court.