|Full Name||Sunil Manohar “Sunny” Gavaskar|
|Nickname(s)||Sunny, Little Master|
|Profession||Former Indian Cricketer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 4”
|Hair Colour||Salt and pepper|
|International Debut||Test– 6March 1971 vs West Indies at Port of Spain
ODI– 13 July 1974 vs England at Leeds
|International Retirement||Test– 13 March 1987 vs Pakistan at Bangalore
ODI– 5 November 1987 vs England at Mumbai
|Domestic/State Team||Mumbai, Somerset|
|Nature on field||Cool|
|Likes to play against||West Indies|
|Favourite Shot||Late Flick|
|Records (main ones)||• He is the first Test Cricketer to make over 10000 runs.
• Before Sachin Tendulkar, he held the record for the highest number of Test Centuries (34).
• His record of highest runs (774) by a debutant is still unbroken.
• He is the only batsman to score 4 consecutive centuries two times, at Port of Spain and at Wankhede Stadium.
• His 58-century partnership with 18 different players is a record.
• By taking 100 catches in Test Cricket, he became the first Indian Cricketer (excluding wicket-keepers) to do so.
• In 1980, he was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
• 3rd most runs in a series by a captain – 732 runs in Test matches.
• Only player to score a hundred in each innings of a match.
• Only player to score a hundred and a duck in a match.
• Only player to open the batting and bowling in the same match.
• Only player to score 5000 runs and 50 fielding dismissals in Test matches.
• 2nd most catches in an innings – 4 catches in an ODI match.
|Career Turning Point||In his debut tour to West Indies in 1970/71, he scored 774 runs with an average of 154.80.|
|Date of Birth||10 July 1949|
|Age (as of 2021)||72 Years|
|Birthplace||Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India|
|Hometown||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|College||St. Xavier’s College, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India|
|Family||Father– Manohar Gavaskar
Mother– Meenal Gavaskar
Sisters– Nutan Gavaskar, Kavita Viswanath
|Hobbies||Watching Wrestling Matches, Playing Badminton, Reading, Music|
|Controversies||• In 2008, he was criticized for frequently criticizing his employers.
• In 2008, he delivered a controversial statement against the match referee Mike Procter during the Sydney Test.
• On 24 September 2020, during an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, he attracted controversy after he came up with a comment involving Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma in the commentary box. In the match, Kohli dropped his KXIP counterpart, KL Rahul, twice; once in the 17th over at deep square-leg when he was batting on 83 and then again in the 18th over when he was on 89. Moreover, Kohli managed just a run off five balls against Kings XI Punjab. While making a comment on Kohli’s under-performance, Gavaskar said, “Inhone lockdown me to bas Anushka ki gendon ki practice ki hain.” (Virat Kohli has only trained against Anushka’s balls during the lockdown). Notably, over the years, on quite a few instances, the Bollywood actress has been blamed whenever Kohli under-performed on the cricket field. Gavaskar’s comment didn’t go well with Kohli’s fans, and some of them urged the BCCI to remove Gavaskar from the commentary panel. The Free Press Journal
|Cricketer(s)||Rohan Kanhai, ML Jaisimha, Gundappa Viswanath|
|Girls, Family & More|
Son– Rohan Gavaskar
|Net Worth||$30 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sunil Gavaskar
- Does Sunil Gavaskar smoke?: No
- Does Sunil Gavaskar drink alcohol?: No
- In childhood, he was a huge fan of wrestler Maruti Vadar and thought he would be a wrestler.
- Gavaskar’s best friend, Milind Rege, once revealed that Sunil Gavaskar can be seen in a corner in the famous song “Dum Maro Dum.”
- During his school days in 1996, he was named India’s best Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.
- His uncle, Madhav Mantri, was a former Indian Test Wicket-Keeper.
- In a Marathi movie, “Savli Premachi”, Gavaskar played the lead role. He also appeared in a Hindi movie, “Maalamal.”
- He lent his voice for a popular Marathi song “Yaduniye madhye thambaila vel konala,“ written by Shantaram Nandgaonkar.
- When his only child, Rohan, was born, he could not get the chance to meet him till he was two months old as Gavaskar was injured during the third and final test against New Zealand in February 1976.
- In 1994, Sunil Gavaskar was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai.
- He was famous among his teammates for his mimicry talent.
- To provide financial assistance to needy sports-persons, he started the Champ Foundation.
- In 2013, he co-owned the Mumbai franchise of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) with actor Nagarjuna.
- Sunil Gavaskar was out thrice off the first ball of a Test match in his career.
- In 1975, he earned the name for slowest run scorer when in a world cup match against England, he scored 36 runs out of 174 balls (just one four).
- A trophy has been instituted in his co-honour, Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
- He has penned 4 books on Cricket – “Sunny Days” (autobiography), “Idols,” “Runs n’ Ruins,” and “One Day Wonders.”