Gulbarga: Sunil Gavaskar, the first cricketer to cross 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Bowlers had a difficult time dismissing rock like Gavaskar . He was a complete batsman and scored most of his runs against the best attack of the world.
He has been conferred with a doctorate degree. The Shri Sathya Sai University of Human Excellence, Muddenhalli in Karnataka, was bestowed with the honour. Five other people were also honoured with similar degrees. All of them got the degree from chief guest Mohan Bhagwat at the university campus near Gulbarga on Wednesday evening.
In its citation, the university said, “As one of the most brilliant international cricket players in cricket history who had superb technique in dealing with the blood thirsty bowling, he single-handedly bailed out the team from deep trouble, a rock like solid on the pitch, the most valuable wicket for the opposition.”
As a commentator, his description of the match is listened carefully by millions of cricket fans. His profound knowledge of the game points out the core point of a match. “
Your outstanding and versatile contributions coupled with your humble demeanour on and off the field will serve as a benchmark to every budding cricketer who wishes to make a mark in the global arena of sports.” As a fitting tribute to your colossal contributions in the field of sports and fitness management, the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence wishes to confer upon you this Honorary Doctorate. “
Gavaskar represented India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs in his 16-year successful international career from 1971 to 1987. He played his last Test innings against Pakistan in Bangalore and his last ODI in the 1987 World Cup semi-final against England in Bombay (Mumbai was known as Bombay at that time).
He was also a member of the 1983 World Cup winning side. Since his retirement in 1987, he has left his mark as a commentator. Besides this, he held several administrative positions in both the BCCI and ICC.
Also honoured on the occasion were Dr R Chidambara, former principal scientific advisor to the Government of India and chairman (Hon) of SASNST-BARC, and Dr K Kasturirangan, former chairman of ISRO & chancellor of Central University of Rajasthan, for excellence in science and technology.
Pandit M. Venkatesh Kumar, renowned musician (Music and Art), C. Sreenivas, champion of compassionate healthcare (Education and Healthcare), and Purnima Devi Barman, noted wildlife biologist and conservationist (Social Service and Philanthropy), were the other recipients