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Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar turns 73: Take a look at the shocking record of this legendary batsmen

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The great Sunil Gavaskar, popularly known as ‘Little Master’ in the cricket world, has turned 73 today. It is his love for cricket that he is still associated with cricket in different ways. Today in Test cricket, many batsmen may have 10,000 runs in their account but Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to achieve this feat. He achieved this position at a time when the pitch was not batting friendly.

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Gavaskar, who batted without a helmet throughout his career, was no less than a nightmare for the bowlers. In a career spanning 16 years, he scored 13,214 international runs in 233 international matches. On 7 March 1987, Gavaskar completed his 10,000 runs against Pakistan and became the first batsman to do so in Test cricket.

Talking about the most centuries in Test cricket, it was Sunil Gavaskar who did this feat for the first time. He scored 34 centuries in 125 test matches. He remained at number one for most Test centuries for 17 years but his record was broken by the God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar in 2005.

He is the only batsman in the world of cricket who has scored the most consecutive centuries on two different grounds. He scored four consecutive centuries at Port of Spain and Wankhede. No batsman has been able to break his record till date.

The 70s and 80s era were very impressive for West Indies as they were formidable to defeat. But they were Gavaskar’s favourite team when it came to scoring runs and making bowlers dance to his tune.He was an impressive batter and a shrewd fielder too. Excluding the wicket keepers, he was the first Indian fielder to achieve a milestone of a century in terms of catches in Test cricket. For the record, he has taken 108 catches in his Test career.

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