Sunil Gavaskar

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World T20, 2nd Semi-Final

India vs West Indies

at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016
West Indies 196/3 beat India 192/2 by 7 wickets

Sunil Gavaskar

India International Cricket Team PlayerSunil Gavaskar was one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time, and certainly the most successful. His game was built around a near perfect technique and enormous powers of concentration. It is hard to visualise a more beautiful defence: virtually unbreachable, it made his wicket among the hardest to earn. He played with equal felicity off both front and back foot, had an excellent judgement of length and line and was beautifully balanced. He had virtually every stroke in the book but traded flair for the solidity his side needed more. He still holds the record for the highest number of Test hundreds, but statistics alone don't reveal Gavaskar's true value to India. He earned respect for Indian cricket and he taught his team-mates the virtue of professionalism. The self-actualisation of Indian cricket began under him.

Full name Sunil Manohar Gavaskar
Born July 10, 1949, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Major teams India, Mumbai, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium

 Career statistics
Test debut  West Indies v India at Port of Spain - Mar 6-10, 1971
Last Test  India v Pakistan at Bangalore - Mar 13-17, 1987
ODI debut  England v India at Leeds - Jul 13, 1974
Last ODI  India v England at Mumbai - Nov 5, 1987
First-class span  1966/67 - 1987
List A span  1973/74 - 1987/88

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