Legendary batsman and former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar was felicitated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of his Test debut.
Sunil Gavaskar made his Test debut on March 6, 1971, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad against the West Indies. It was remarkable debut series for Gavaskar; he made a record 774 runs in 4 Tests at a staggering average of 154.80 hammering 4 hundreds, including a double century, and three fifties – Gavaskar, then 22, still holds the record of most runs in a debut Test series.
The right-hander went on to make 10122 runs in his 125-Test career spanning over 16 years. The Mumbai batsman was the first player to cross the 10,000 run mark in Test cricket – it was indeed in Ahmedabad itself where Gavaskar scored his landmark run against Pakistan in 1987.
Sunil Gavaskar felicitated by the BCCI secretary
During the lunch break on Day 3 of the ongoing Test between India and England, the 71-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator was honoured with a memento in form of a cap – number 128 – by the Honorary Secretary of BCCI and the President- Asian Cricket Council, Jay Shah.
“Join me in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shri Sunil Gavaskar Ji’s Test debut for India. It is indeed a momentous occasion for all Indians and we are getting to celebrate it at the world’s largest cricket facility Narendra Modi Stadium,” tweeted Jay Shah.
The former great was given a standing ovation by the crowd in the stadium as he waved towards them and soaked the applause. Now, a respected commentator, Sunil Gavaskar also scored 3092 runs in ODI cricket and also won the 1983 World Cup in England defeating West Indies in the final.
Join me in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shri Sunil Gavaskar Ji's Test debut for 🇮🇳. It is indeed a momentous occasion for all Indians and we are getting to celebrate it at the world's largest cricket facility Narendra Modi Stadium 🏟️ @ICC @BCCI pic.twitter.com/NzolBqvKzI
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 6, 2021
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2021