Gavaskar is Sholay of cricket: How Viru, Sachin wish ‘Sunny Paaji’ on birthday
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 66th birthday on Sunday.cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2016 14:14 IST
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar celebrates his 66th birthday on Sunday.
While wishes poured from all sides on the ‘Little Master’, India’s former star opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to pay him a glowing tribute.
First, the Nawab of Najafgarh wished Gavaskar tweeting a photo of them together:
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest batsmen of all time,Sunny Paaji !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
Wish you a long and healthy life. pic.twitter.com/FMPHb9swD5
‘Viru’ added what the legend did without wearing a helmet the best of batsmen today would not be able to do with all their equipments on.
What Gavaskar did without helmet,its difficult for ppl these days to do with all equipments.If cricket were a film,Sunil Gavaskar is Sholay— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2016
Gavaskar was among the best batsmen in the world during his playing days, becoming the first man to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket and score more than 30 centuries. He still holds the record for the most runs made in a debut Test series and the most Test centuries against the West Indies and is the only player to have scored a century and a double century in the same Test Match twice.
Another legend of the game, Sachin Tendulkar too shared a picture with Gavaskar. ‘Master Blaster’ Tendulkar is often compared with ‘Little Master’ Gavaskar for the play and records. Tendulkar too acknowledges Gavaskar as his inspiration, quite evident in this birthday wish-tweet:
Happy Birthday to the legend Sunil Gavaskar. Thank you for inspiring me over the years. pic.twitter.com/O3SIV7D3w9— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2016
The BCCI called him the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’.
Representing India between 1971 and 1987, Gavaskar scored 10,122 runs in 125 Tests at an average of 51.12. In 108 ODIs, he scored 3,092 runs at an average of 35.13, with just one century.