Former India captain and batsman Sunil Gavaskar is celebrating his 72nd birthday today. Gavaskar has made many great achievements in his long career spanning 16 years. Gavaskar is the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He was instrumental in making India champions for the first time in the 1983 World Cup. Gavaskar was one of the few batsmen in the world to face the dangerous West Indies attack in the 1970s and 1980s. Gavaskar has also captained the Indian team for some time.
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In 1971, Sunil Gavaskar made his international debut in the Port of Spain against the West Indies. In his debut Test series, Gavaskar scored 774 in front of dangerous bowling attacks like the West Indies. Gavaskar has played a total of 125 Tests in his career and this time he has scored 10,122 runs at an average of 51.12. Gavaskar scored 34 centuries and 45 fifties in his Test career. Gavaskar is the only player to have played more than 100 consecutive Tests for India. Gavaskar, popularly known as Little Master, led the Indian team in 47 Tests, in which the team won 9 and lost 8, ending 30 Tests in a draw.
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Sunil Gavaskar still holds the record for scoring 5,000 runs in Test cricket while playing for India. He completed his 5000 runs in just 95 innings. Batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have come close to their record but have failed to break it. Gavaskar has played 108 ODIs for India and has scored 3092 runs at an average of 35.13. Gavaskar scored 1 century and 27 fifties in his one-day career. This great batsman of Team India scored 25,834 runs in first class cricket and scored 81 centuries.