Sunil Gavaskar is a cricket legend and there’s no denying the fact that he and his contemporaries paved the way for a better future for Indian cricket and players. The batting great recently completed 50 years of his Test cricket debut and the anniversary of his debut was celebrated by the BCCI with great respect. The 50th anniversary of Gavaskar’s Test debut was marked with a vote of thanks from the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Sourav Ganguly said that it is the right and high time that we recognize the efforts of the team of 1971 and thank them for such great cricket. They surely have made a great contribution to the game in the country and that needs to be recognized and respected.
“THE GAME IS AS STRONG AS IT IS TODAY”
Ganguly took to Twitter to express his love for his senior. He wrote, “This day marks the 50th Anni of Mr Gavaskar in international cricket and the team of 1971..it is time today to once again to congratulate them for what they have for Indian cricket. The game is as strong as it is today because they made a start than against all odds.”
FELICITATED DURING THE FOURTH TEST MATCH
The board felicitated Sunil Gavaskar for his contribution to cricket in India. This anniversary couldn’t have fallen on a better time than this as India is busy playing against England and the team was in the middle of the last test match when Gavaskar was honoured by Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI. It was the third day of the fourth test match and the teams were playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The batting great, Gavaskar was given a token of love and respect during the lunch break.
FROM THE START
In 1971, Gavaskar had made his debut on March 6th. He was part of the team which had created a history that year. He started his test career against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad. India, in 1970-71 toured the West Indies and played a five-test series. The team came out as champions as it was Team India’s first-ever test victory against West Indies. Later in his career, Gavaskar went on to make and break many records. Gavaskar had finished his first test as leading run-scorer. He made four Test centuries and one doubleton. Gavaskar has played 125 tests in his career and 108 One Day International matches. This batting great also has the honour of being the part of first World Cup-winning team in 1983.